Two prominent media outlets, USA Today and Governing.com, have recently run stories that trumpet increased state and local government hiring. But both outlets make crucial errors in their calculations.
State and local employees have not been as hard hit as the general economy. At 19 million strong, this workforce comprises about 14.6 percent of total U.S. non-farm employment. It looks as if education workers are particularly being shielded from job cuts.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is not waiting for the U.S. Congress to pass jobs legislation. Rather, he is moving on his own to get growth happening in his state. Although Connecticut’s output is running on par with national trends he has sent a package of growth proposals to the legislature. It’s an interesting blend of tax cuts, targeted programs for small business and skill upgrades for employees in the manufacturing sector. The Connecticut Mirror recently described the highlights:
Incredible shrinking workforces
I’ve read in a few places that state and local governments were reducing the number of full-time employees and hiring more part-time workers. There is a story in the Dayton Daily News that nicely details the trend: