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Private Sector Still Worse Off

Created on June 11, 2012

Private Sector Still Worse Off

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.

Local –2.8%

State –1.3%

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.