State/Local Employment Up Slightly Since Start of Recession, But Cuts Are Now Underway

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on October 10, 2010

State/Local Employment Up Slightly Since Start of Recession, But Cuts Are Now Underway, Donald J. Boyd. The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, August 20, 2010.

  • Government employment accounts for more than 22 million jobs — 17 percent of total U.S. employment — with state and local governments accounting for the vast majority of this. Assessing changes in state and local government employment is important because of its impact on education, public protection and other services, and because of its role in the overall economy, particularly during recessions. At the same time, state and local government payrolls are key elements in taxpayer costs, typically representing between a quarter and a third of state/local direct expenditures.”
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