20,000 State Government Jobs Lost in October

According to recently released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, state government employment continued to fall in October, dropping 20,000 jobs last month and reaching the lowest point since the Great Recession began in late 2007.  The recession has had an unprecedented effect on state and local government employment as the number of jobs in state and local governments has been trending down since the latter half of 2008.  Private sector jobs[1], on the other hand, continue to trend up, adding 80,000 jobs in October.

State Government Employment, December 2007 - October 2011

Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Month-Over-Month Change in State Government Employment, January 2008-October 2011

Data Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Nonfarm payroll employment