Federal employment drops after years of explosive growth

Posted on June 1st, 2012 in News and Commentary

USA TODAY:  The federal government has started to trim its workforce, ending several years of explosive and controversial growth that came at a time when private companies and state and local governments slashed jobs.

Federal employment has fallen for seven months in a row, the longest sustained drop in more than a decade. The decline is tiny: Just 11,600 fewer workers in April compared with a year earlier, excluding temporary Census workers, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a fraction of the 2.2 million federal workforce.

Nevertheless, the reversal marks the end of a period of enormous employment growth that spanned the end of George W. Bush’s presidency and the start of President Obama’s term…  (more)

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