Are more folks employed in manufacturing jobs or government jobs?

Of course, the answer is government jobs.


Interesting analysis by Terence Jeffrey of CNS News

According to the BLS, government employees in the United States now outnumber manufacturing employees by almost 10 million.

Federal, state and local government now employs 22,213,000 people: 2,790,000 federal employees, 5,120,000 state government employees, and 14,303,000 local government employees.

The manufacturing sector now employs 12,281,000.

A difference of almost 10 million.




Note on the above chart that manufacturing employment peaked in the late 1970s at just under 20 million.

Government employment has been on a tear since the mid-1940s.

The lines crossed in the late 1980s.

While government employment has leveled off, manufacturing jobs continue to disappear.

So, the gap keeps widening and soon government employment will be twice manufacturing employment.

Think about that for a moment.



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3 Responses to “Are more folks employed in manufacturing jobs or government jobs?”

  1. Jack Clark Says:

    Another interesting number would include active and retired government employees. Upon reaching retirement status most/all government employees continue to be paid until death (or beyond I’d survivor payments are entitled).

    Private sector manufacturing jobs generally attract retirement pay but pre funded (by law) and at lower rate and no cost of living adjustments post retirements

  2. TTK Says:

    Is it still the 1930’s? we haven’t had a manufacturing economy in a long time. C’mon man

  3. TTK Says:

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