Trends in State Government Employment

Source: Jennifer Burnett, Council of State Governments, Capitol Research, April 16, 2015

At its peak in August 2008, state government employment stood at 5.21 million, or about 3.8 percent of total nonfarm employment. Over the next five years, state governments shed 187,000 jobs, landing at 5.03 million in July 2013. As of December 2014, state governments had regained 53,000 positions since hitting the July 2013 low, but have only recovered a little more than one quarter of the positions lost since the August 2008 peak.
• State government employment remains below the peak level reached in August 2008, but saw modest gains in 2012, 2013 and 2014….
• During and after the Great Recession, job losses in the private sector were more pronounced than losses to state government employment……
• Throughout 2014, state government employment grew by 0.5 percent overall, compared to 2.6 percent growth in the private sector……
Excel Version of the Table: “State Government Employment”