Good News for Private Sector Jobs, Bad News for State-Local Government Jobs

Source: Lucy Dadayan and Donald J. Boyd, Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, Data Alert, January 12, 2015

The new employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released on January 9th, showed strong growth in private sector employment, but a rather gloomy picture for state and local government jobs. The longer-term trends indicate no rebounding in government employment. For the nation as a whole, state and local government employment is down 3.0 percent, or 598,000 jobs, from the peak level recorded in August 2008.