Local Government Hiring Slows So Far in 2017
Hiring has picked up in the past two months, but it's still far behind last year's growth.
Federal job estimates released Friday indicate local governments added another 7,000 jobs last month. The news follows one of the sector’s strongest months in recent years.
The bulk of the recent gains have been in areas other than education. Although some individual schools have either expanded payrolls or trimmed staff, total education employment has changed little over the past few months.
Despite the good news, the sector’s job growth as a whole has actually slowed so far this year. Local government employment has increased only 0.4 percent since January. That’s roughly half the growth over the same period last year and about the same as 2015.
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Meanwhile, state government employment continues to remain flat, as it has been for the better part of the recovery from the Great Recession.
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