Low morale, budget cuts, hiring freezes, buyouts and early outs have all contributed to a net loss of nearly 70,000 federal jobs last year. The federal government, excluding the U.S. Postal Service – which receives no tax dollars, lost 69,500 jobs in 2013, according to new figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 2,125,300 federal employees in December 2013, compared with 2,194,800 in December 2012.
Efforts by extremist lawmakers and their corporate sponsors to cut federal programs in order to preserve corporate entitlement programs and low corporate taxes have led to a misinformation campaign against federal employees and their jobs. Despite claims that the federal workforce has exploded over the years, the opposite is true. It is very misleading to look at the size of the federal workforce without comparing it to the size of the population it serves. There’s a big difference between 100 federal employees serving 1,000 residents and 100 federal employees serving 100,000. The federal workforce has indeed shrunk. Here are a few facts: