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State/Local Employment Up Slightly Since Start of Recession, But Cuts Are Now Underway

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Publication Date: August 2009

Publisher(s): Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government

Author(s): Donald J. Boyd

Topic: Government (State or regional government)

Keywords: Recession; State & Local Employment

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


While the private sector has lost nearly
7 million jobs since the recession began, state and local governments have added a total of about 110,000 jobs, according to an Institute report released Aug. 20. Over the past year, total state- and local-government employment rose in 30 states and dropped in 16. Many public employers have cut jobs in recent months, however, and further reductions are expected.