Employment data from the Labor Department, current as of November 2011.
The U.S. economy added 80,000 jobs in June, unemployment remained steady at 8.2 percent and state and local governments added another 4,000 jobs, according to Friday's monthly employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The Supreme Court has reaffirmed certain states' rights in the workplace.
Track monthly changes in state and local government employment with our chart of Labor Department data.
New data shows local public employee cuts have slowed. Does this mean governments are about to rehire?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released new employment figures for October, showing governments continued to cut payrolls. State governments reported the most significant decline, losing 20,000 jobs for the month.