Govt. Worker Unemployment 4.4% -- 39% Lower Than National Unemployment Rate

November 8, 2013 - 12:22 PM

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FILE - In this May 30, 2013, photo, job seekers line up to talk to recruiters during a job fair held in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis, file)

( - Government workers have an unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which is 39 percent lower than the national unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, according to the latest data produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The unemployment rate increased in October compared to September, when it was 3.9 percent, but improved overall since its peak in 2013 when it stood at 5.3 percent in July.

Since Obama has entered office, the unemployment rate for government workers has changed little. The average unemployment rate for government workers in 2009 stood at 3.6 percent, and it has risen to 4.4 percent since then.

For government workers, the number of unemployed persons is significantly less than private workers. As of October, 920,000 were unemployed in government, while the number of nonagricultural private wage and salary workers unemployed was 8,011,000.

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