Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Public Employment On The Rise At All Levels

Graph_up USA Today reports:

Federal, state and local governments are hiring new workers at the fastest pace in six years, helping offset job losses in the private sector.

Governments added 76,800 jobs in the first three months of 2008, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

That's the biggest jump in first-quarter hiring since a boom in 2002 that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks. By contrast, private companies collectively shed 286,000 workers in the first three months of 2008. That job loss has led many economists to declare the country is in a recession.

Job numbers for April, out Friday, will show if the trend is continuing. Some economists say a government hiring binge could soften a recession in the short term.

Hey, at least on the federal level (the federal government increased its workforce by 13,800 in the first three months of 2008), I thought Republican administrations were about smaller government?  Probably just doing its best to fight the recession it created . . . .


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