Here's The TRUTH About The Growing Federal Workforce Under Obama

On Friday, after the jobs report, we pointed out how the #1 killer of jobs in America is retrenched government spending, and we put up a chart showing how the number of government workers has declined under Obama.

The response from some was: Well sure, local governments have shrunk, but the size of the Federal Government has exploded.

Except, that’s just not true. It’s up modestly.

Here’s a look since 2000 at the size of the Federal workforce. Obviously you have to ignore the census spike, and what you can see is that payrolls are up by a couple hundred thousand since 2008. It’s not nothing, but it hardly counts as an explosion in the size of the government.


Photo: St. Louis Fed

Going back even further, you cans see that the Obama Federal government is smack dab in the middle of the normal size. Bigger than some periods, smaller than others.


Photo: St. Louis Fed

So ultimately, the combined chart — local and federal — is what should hold, because it represents the burden on the taxpayer of paying for government workers. That’s declined dramatically under Obama due to state and local cuts — over 400K since Obama took office.


And here’s the combined chart again.

size of government workforce

Photo: ThinkProgress


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