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September 19, 2014

Government Has Fewest Employees in Decades

The September jobs report found that the federal government employs 2,723,000 civilian workers, which Floyd Norris points out “is the lowest figure since 1966.”

“Now, the federal government employs exactly 2 percent of the people with jobs in this country. In 1966, the figure was more than twice that, 4.3 percent.”

“All these figures, by the way, are for civilian jobs. Members of the armed forces are not counted. If they were included, the contrast would be even sharper. In 1966 the Vietnam War was going on, and around 2.6 million people were on active duty. This year the figure is around 1.4 million.”

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