The chart below shows estimated month-to-month changes in total U.S. employment for state and local governments.
While the private sector has added jobs, governments continue to cut employment. States and municipal governments cut nearly 250,000 jobs in 2011. Local governments have fared the worst, with a steady decline in total employment dating back to 2009.
Select a category from the menu to view data for either local government, state government or combined totals. All Labor Department figures listed include those working in education.
Significantly more state and local workers are retiring or quitting, according to a recent survey.
New data depicts weak job growth for all levels of government.
Hiring freezes, furloughs and other personnel cuts are slowly beginning to taper off in some of the nation's cities, a new report finds.