Wonder what you would find if you frisked private-sector and public-sector jobs?
Answer: Public-sector jobs have been “relatively sheltered” from the recession.
I know this is not a shocker, but I feel that everyone needs to be reminded of this time-to-time. The Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:
While the national recession killed private-sector jobs, the government jobs have been “relatively sheltered,” says one researcher.
Veronique de Rugy, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, says the private sector has lost 6 percent of its January 2008 workforce, or 7.2 million jobs, as of November 2010.
Yet, federal jobs increased 3.5 percent by 98,000 jobs during that same time span. And de Rugy says those increases don’t include all the census workers that were hired temporarily. At its peak, the government had hired about 600,000 census workers.
State government jobs nationwide have seen a 1 percent increase with 42,000 more jobs from January 2008 to November 2010.
The only municipal jobs loser was “local government,” which lost 1.7 percent of its jobs, or 258,000 jobs, from January 2008 to November 2010.
Personally, we should require all public-sector employees, on average, to have wages and benefits that are within 3 percent of those comparable skills in the private-sector. Also, as I have pointed out before, the people over at The Heritage Foundation have a few other solutions that would address this issue:
- Abolish the general schedule and implement performance-based pay.
- Hire more private contractors.
- Reduce federal benefits.
- End dismissal restrictions.
Of course these solutions are not popular with the powerful and greedy organized labor unions. In the end, it will be a fight if we are going to be serious about tackling this problem.