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The Centralization of Government Employment

Created on May 3, 2013

The Centralization of Government Employment


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).

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