Ten Year Trends in State Government Employment, 2004-2014

During and after the Great Recession, job losses in the private sector were more pronounced than losses to state government employment. For example, from Dec. 2007 – Dec. 2008, private sector employment contracted by 3.2 percent and from Dec. 2008 – Dec. 2009, it fell by 4.5 percent. For state government employment, losses did not begin until 2009, when employment fell by 0.8 percent (Dec. 2009-Dec. 2010), 0.3 percent (Dec. 2009 – Dec. 2010) and 1.8 percent (Dec. 2010 – Dec. 2011).

For every year since 2010, year-over-year private sector employment has grown stronger, moving from an annual growth rate of 1.2 percent in 2010 to 2.6 percent in 2014. Recovery for state government employment has remained stagnant, growing by just 0.2 percent from Dec.2011 – Dec. 2012 and by 0.1 percent from Dec. 2012 – Dec. 2013.  In 2014, state government employment picked up slightly, growing 0.5 percent over the year.