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.