According to a new report by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, state government employment continued its slow slide in June. From April 2009 to June 2010, state government employment decreased in 28 states, while private employment decreased in 44 states over the same time period.
In those states with declines, rates varied significantly from a drop of 6.9 percent in Idaho to 0.2 percent in Tennessee, South Dakota and Mississippi. In 20 states, state government employment increased, ranging from an increase of 0.2 percent in Utah to 3.5 percent in Massachusetts. Two states – Rhode Island and Wyoming – had no change in employment.
During this same period, private employment decreased in all but six states with decreases ranging from a high of 3.2 percent in Nevada to Hawaii with a decrease of 0.1 percent. The six states with increases in private employment were Alaska (3%), Utah (0.4%), New Hampshire (0.5%), Kentucky (0.6%), Indiana (0.7%) and North Dakota (1.2%).