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State, local workforces get smaller

Cuts biggest in 5 decades

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New York’s public workforce has gotten smaller since the recession begin in late 2007, according to a new report from the Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany. The state numbers aren’t unique. The report shows that the U.S. recession resulted in the deepest cuts to state and local government employment in five decades. As of December, state and local government employment throughout the nation was down 3.4 percent, or 681,000 jobs, from ...

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January 21, 2013
1:49 a.m.

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They needed to create a job and do a study to see this one?......or do we believe the media in that things are better..Yes we can...

January 21, 2013
8:41 a.m.

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This is as it should be. Why? Many reasons including the fact that technology enables one person to be much more productive than in the past. Technology like ezypass (sp?) also eliminates the need for many workers. Bucking this trend are the public employee unions and local officials who judge their success by the number of people working under them instead of by the value they contribute to the community.

January 21, 2013
6:37 p.m.

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BellaCat, a government worker paying taxes is not a taxpayer in the strictest sense...the actual taxpayers give the government money. The government gives that money to the government employee who in turn gives some of it back as "taxes". So a employee that gets paid $25/hr actually only costs us $23 (just guessing), but he or she still costs us.

January 21, 2013
8:22 p.m.

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Governments must get smaller, we should not be creating public sector jobs just to keep people working, we should be encouraging private sector employment for real value added jobs.