3.6 Percent Unemployment--for Government Workers

April 5, 2013 - 8:22 AM
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A job fair in Portland, Ore., on April 24, 2012. (AP File Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

(CNSNews.com) - There is a bright spot in the March jobless numbers, if government is your line of work.

The unemployment rate for civilian government workers dropped to 3.6 percent in March from 3.8 percent in February, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In February, there were 828,000 unemployed federal, state and local governments in the United States. In March, that declined to 786,000.

In July 2012, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS, and the rate has been in a steady decline since.  The current unemployment for government workers at 3.6 percent is the lowest rate since April 2011.

Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add 618,000 workers to their payrolls.  In March, there were 20,633,000 total government workers in the U.S.  In July the government employed 20,015,000 people.

The report also noted that within government, that employment for the U.S. Postal Service, which is planning to cut Saturday mail delivery, fell by 12,000 in March.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics counts someone as a government worker if they are not in the military and they are currently employed by any level of government—local, state or federal—or they are unemployed, they are looking for work, and their last job was for any level of government