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Oh, To Be a Government Worker . . .

Adrian Moore
June 24, 2010, 6:22pm

Over at BigGovernment.com, Veronique says "Mom, When I Grow Up I Really Want to Be A Bureaucrat". 

That’s because when the entire country is hurting and the private sector continues to lose jobs, bureaucrats are being hired.

The following chart makes that case. Since the beginning of the recession (roughly January 2008), some 7.9 million jobs were lost in the private sector while 590,000 jobs were gained in the public one.  And since the passage of the stimulus bill (February 2009), over 2.6 million private jobs were lost, but the government workforce grew by 400,000.

Goverment vs private sector job growth during recession


Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy


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