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Private Sector Hardest Hit

Created on October 19, 2011

Private Sector Hardest Hit

As of September 2011, private-sector employment was 5.4 percent lower than it was when the recession began — a far steeper decline than felt by government employees and education workers.

Percent Change in Employment from December 2007


State, Local Education –1.4%

Private Sector –5.4%

All Government –1.8%

heritage.org Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Establishment Survey/Haver Analytics. Note: Government figures exclude temporary census workers.