Private Sector Hardest Hit
Created on October 19, 2011
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.