The Centralization of Government Employment
Created on May 3, 2013
Since the recession began, federal employment has grown rapidly, while state and local employment and private employment remain below pre-recession levels.
Employment index (January 2008 = 100)
State and Local Employment Index
Private Employment Index
Figures for April 2013
Federal Employment Index*
* Excludes postal workers and temporary Census workers.
Sources: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Federal Reserve Economic Data, http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/ (accessed May 1, 2013); and U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Census 2010 Temporary and Intermittent Workers and Federal Government Employment,” http:// www.bls.gov/ces/cescensusworkers.pdf (accessed May 1, 2013).