Private Sector Still Worse Off
Created on June 11, 2012
Private-sector employment is nearly 4 percent lower than it was when the recession began—worse than the declines in state and local government employment, and far worse than federal employment.
Federal Government +11.6%
Private Sector –3.9%
Percent Change in Employment from December 2007 to May 2012
Sources: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Establishment Survey/Haver Analytics. Note: Government figures exclude temporary census workers and Postal Service employees.