1 Government Worker to Every 5 American Working Adults

Unemployment Rate = 7.6%, Unemployment Rate for Government Workers = 3.6%

Why don’t we just give everyone a guaranteed government job? It worked in the Soviet Union where there was no unemployment and not much of anything else. Also people who didn’t have jobs were deported to labor camps. Or shot.

But until that wonderful Socialist utopia dawns, we can still be reassured that we live in a nation where government employees remain a privileged class, their noble public service rewarded by better benefits and low unemployment rates.

The unemployment rate for civilian government workers dropped to 3.6 percent in March from 3.8 percent in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add 618,000 workers to their payrolls.  In March, there were 20,633,000 total government workers in the U.S.  In July the government employed 20,015,000 people.

Why not shoot for 30 million? That way there can be 1 government worker to every 10 Americans. But actually going by an adult population of around 200 million in the 18-65 range, we’ve already passed 1 government worker to every 10 Americans

If you rank that against the number of American adults with full time jobs, you find that it’s more like 1 government worker to 5 employed adults.

There’s an obvious problem with that considering that government workers tend to be paid more than the private sector and having 5 workers subsidize 1 government employee is shaky, especially once unfunded pensions kick in.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Gov't jobs will replace most private enterprise because it is designed to! In fact, dependency on the gov't is one of the rules of totalitarian leadership, even if not spelled out. Loyalty to the gov't means that whatever they say will be implemented, even if it entails taking away ones freedom and liberty. After all, ones livelihood depends on it.

    Thereby, another economic deconstruction plan is on the way, unless stopped – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/07/barack-hussei

    There will be little left to destroy when his term ends, if it even does…

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • BS77

    Unsustainable

  • sd42jnq

    The irony is that, while the Feds have decreased from 2.7 million in WWII to it's current 2.2 million, States, Counties, Cities, etc., have seen an explosion in government jobs.

    Teachers are the largest single group. It's usually ignored that the average class size today is 20, with $10,000 average per student. ($14,000 in Oregon, with politicos like bradley saying we are not "fully funded"). No amount of money is ever enough.

    • P. Long

      "No amount of money is ever enough." Bravo. The absolute unvarnished truth. Now, to all the workers in federal, state, county and local governments, add the service industries that a large portion of their income is derived from servicing people whose income is from government funds. We are a land of, by and for government already.