Combined state and local government employment across the U.S. has declined significantly since the Great Recession began in December 2007, according to a new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government.
During the past year, state and local governments cut a total of about 489,000 jobs, a decline of 2.5 percent. Percentage cuts in state and local government employment are actually greater, if we compare current employment levels to peak levels. As of December 2012, for the nation as a whole, state and local government employment is down 3.4 percent or 681,000 jobs from the peak level recorded in August of 2008.
The report shows that the impact of the Great Recession on state and local public employment has been much deeper than any other recession in the last 50 years.