The U.S. Census Bureau conducts an annual survey of local governments to measure employment and payroll.
The numbers listed below represent employment totals for all local governments. Totals reported from the Census of Governments are listed for 1997, 2002 and 2007; other yearly figures represent survey estimates.
How estimates were compiled: Read the Census Bureau's methodology
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Hiring freezes, furloughs and other personnel cuts are slowly beginning to taper off in some of the nation's cities, a new report finds.
Despite the bleak employment outlook and negative rhetoric, recent surveys suggest enrollment for public administration programs and interest in government careers has increased.
Industry observers warn that the public sector is ill-prepared for the departure of this large segment of the workforce.
U.S. Labor Department estimates released Friday indicate state government employment has reached the lowest levels since May 2005.
While the federal government began to feel the effects of the sequester, localities have added jobs in recent months.
Most of the job losses last month were concentrated in Midwestern states. View employment data for each state.
The U.S. economy added only 88,000 jobs last month, far below economists' expectations.
State government employment and payroll figures by job type: 2010-2011
Some states added jobs, but jobless rates increased for most states last month. View updated data for each state.
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.
State and local governments have experienced a dramatic hiring rebound in the first four months of this year.
Previous employment estimates showed local government cuts subsiding, but new figures tell a different story.
New data shows local public employee cuts have slowed. Does this mean governments are about to rehire?
View charts and data for public workforce estimates in each state and how they compare to the private sector.
New census estimates detail each state's public workforce. Use our data tool to view figures for your state and see how they compare to the private sector.