National Association of State Retirement Administrators


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that state and local governments added an estimated 1,000 jobs in December 2017, with local government gains of 5,000 jobs offsetting the loss of 4,000 state government jobs. Revisions to November 2017 data added 7,000 previously unreported state government jobs to the running total. As of December 2017 the BLS identifies approximately 19.5 million individuals employed by state and local governments, approximately 13 percent of the nation's workforce.

Since peaking in August 2008, state and local governments have shed 263,000 jobs, or approximately 1.3 percent of their total.

The private sector added an estimated 146,000 jobs in December 2017. 

The chart below compares the relative changes in combined state and local government and private sector employment since 2007.

Monthly changes in state and local government
and private sector employment, 2007-2017

Compiled by NASRA based on data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics