According to a report from The Daily Caller, President Biden is close to setting a record: more government jobs than ever before in U.S. history.
From The Daily Caller:
The U.S. added 49,000 government jobs in November, with 32,000 of those being local and 17,000 of those being federal, bringing the total number of government employees to 22,967,000, according to the BLS. The number of total government employees in November is only outdone by one other month, with 22,996,000 people being employed by the government in May 2010 as a result of temporary hiring used to perform the census that year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED).
The increase in government employment follows consistent growth in the sector, with the government adding 65,000 and 63,000 employees in October and September, respectively, according to the BLS. If the trend continues into December, the number will exceed 23 million, a record high.
Government hiring typically increases substantially in the months around census collection, which occurs in the U.S. in years that end with a zero, with the Census Bureau hiring thousands of temporary workers, peaking in May, to fulfill collection obligations, according to the Census Bureau.
US non-farm payroll jobs rose by a better-than-expected 199K jobs in November, up from October. Job gains occurred in health care, leisure and hospitality, and state and local government. Employment also increased in manufacturing, reflecting the return of workers from a strike. pic.twitter.com/y9c5GUIDf2
— Dr Thomas Kevin Swift (@DrTKSwift) December 8, 2023
The expected increase in government hiring for the 2020 census never came to fruition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which halted hiring efforts in February of that year, stopping at 22,871,000 government positions, according to FRED. Total government employment declined following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping rapidly to 21,396,000 positions by May 2020, but steadily rising ever since to its current position.
Biden Is Close To Setting A New Record — More Gov’t Jobs Than Ever Beforehttps://t.co/ENZRIBd9jg
— DC Enquirer (@DcEnquirer) December 8, 2023