Today’s BLS February jobs report shows a slight improvement in public sector employment, with local government employment responsible for the majority of the gains.
Total public sector employment is up 7,000 jobs in February; local governments added 4,000 jobs, and state governments added 3,000. There were no gains in Federal government employment. Within local government employment, local governments (excluding education) added 2,600 jobs, and local schools added 1,200.
Despite these improvements, local government employment remains 512,000 jobs below its July 2008 post-recession peak.