Government Employment Lowest Since 1987
The total number of people employed at all levels of government is now 700,000+ lower than it was at the start of 2009 – when it peaked.
Note: The spike in 2010 was due to temporary census hiring.
As a percent of the population, government employment has fallen from 7.4% to just under 7.0% over that same time period. This is the lowest level since 1987.