Government Hiring Boom
The private sector might be shedding jobs but government is hiring at all levels.
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.
The USA has nearly 88,000 units of government, mostly local, that employ 22 million. Hiring has been strong at every level, from new CIA spies to preschool teachers. Some of what’s happening: The federal government increased its workforce by 13,800 in the first three months of 2008. Local governments added 47,000 and states 16,000.
More proof, as if we needed it, that the Era of Big Government is decidedly not over.