Federal Government Added 1,000 Employees in April

By Terence P. Jeffrey | May 8, 2020 | 8:55am EDT
(Samuel Corum/Getty Images)
(Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - As overall employment in the United States was dropping dramatically in April, the federal government added 1,000 jobs, according to the employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile, even overall government employment declined as state and local governments dropped jobs.

"Government employment dropped by 980,000 in April," said the employment report. "Employment in local government was down by 801,000, in part reflecting school closures. Employment also declined in state government education (-176,000)."

But as the national unemployment rate jumped 10.3 points during the month, rising from 4.4 percent to 10.3 percent, the number of people working for the federal government increased from 2,886,000 to 2,887,000.

At the same time, overall employment by government in the United States dropped from 22,717,000 to 21,737,000—a decline of 980,000.

At the state level, government employed dropped from 5,153,000 to 4,973,000—a decline of 180,000.

At the local level, government employment dropped from 14,678,000 to 13,877,000—a decline of 801,000.

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