The U.S. economy added only 160,000 new jobs last month. But the labor stats on public employment remind us of an important political note:
- Federal government employees in April 2016: 2,757,000.
- Federal government employees in January 2009: 2,786,000.
The federal government has fewer employees now than when Barack Obama took office as President. Over the last seven years, the federal workforce has shrunk 1.1%. Factor in population growth (5.7% more Americans since President Obama’s 2009 inauguration), and the federal workforce as a percentage of the American population has declined 6.5%.