State and local governments are hiring at their fastest pace since the start of the Great Recession, according to a USA Today analysis of a government survey.
More public workers were hired in the first four months of 2012 than any other year period since 2008. The 828,000 new hires are filling positions that were left open to save money during the recession. The hiring boost indicates that state budget problems have relaxed and that public-sector job growth could be imminent. It takes at least six months for a hiring boost to create a larger workforce, according to the newspaper.
The public sector is not alone in its hiring jump. Private companies are also hiring more, albeit slower than state and local governments. Private-sector hiring is up 4 percent in the first four months of 2012 from this time last year, reports USA Today.
View GOVERNING Data for month-to-month changes in total U.S. employment for state and local governments.