Government Work Is Dangerous

Source: Catherine Rampell, New York Times Economix Blog, March 1, 2010

State and local government workers are much more likely to get hurt on the job than private sector workers, according to a new report from the Labor Department.

Among workers in the private sector, there were 113 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses per 10,000 full-time workers in 2008. In state and local government, the incidence rate was 170 cases and 195 cases per 10,000 employees, respectively.

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