Federal Workforce Continues to Shrink as Government Lost 70,000 Jobs in 2013 

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: 

  • In 2013 low morale, budget cuts, hiring freezes, buyouts and early outs contributed to a net loss of nearly 70,000 federal jobs.Since the 1950s and 1960s, the U.S. population increased by 77%. The private sector workforce went up 137%, but the size of the federal workforce rose just 10%. 
  • In the 1950s and 1960s, there were 92 residents for every federal worker. By 2012, the ratio was 148 to 1.
  • According to the Office of Personnel Management, there were 2.48 million federal civilian employees in 1962. That’s 1.32% of the total population of 186.5 million. In 2011, the number of feds was 2.75 million, or 0.88% of the total population of 310.5 million.
 

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