January's job numbers were fairly dismal, but the bad cheer wasn't equally spread. Private sector employment, as usual, increased—by 142,000 jobs last month. At the same time, public sector employment declined. Government employment at all levels was down 29,000 in January.Remember this when you hear one of the idiotic teahadists go on one of their small government tirades or two-faced plutocrats say that they are looking for "efficiencies" (meaning privatization). They're not worried about your taxes. All they are doing is looking to take away and keep away good paying jobs from us. That way they can keep the money where they think it belongs - in their pockets.
Aside from the brief census blip in early 2010, this has been the usual state of affairs for the past four years, ever since the recession officially ended. The chart below shows public and private sector employment indexed to 100 at the end of the recession. Private sector employment is up 6.8 percent. Public sector employment is down 3.4 percent. And that's during a period when population grew 2.3 percent. On a per capita basis, government employment has declined more than 5 percent since 2009, and it's still declining.
This is the price of austerity. If public sector employment had been growing normally during this period, we'd have about a million more jobs than we do now and the unemployment rate would probably be below 6 percent. We are our own worst enemies.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
From the appropriately-named Mother Jones, we learn that austerity is a job killer: