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According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, government accounts for about 8% of jobs in the United States. Here's the breakdown using numbers easily accessible on the BLS website (all numbers from 2006 or 2007):

1,774,000 Federal government civilian employees, excluding Post Office

615,000 Post Office

1,172,913 Military enlisted

230,577 Military Officers

2,424,000 State government (excluding education and hospitals)

5,594,000 Local government (excluding education and hospitals)

That's a total of 11,810,490 government jobs.

The total number of jobs in the U.S. in 2006 was 150,600,000, so government employment makes up 7.84% of all jobs.

In 2007, the U.S. population (according to the Census Bureau) was 301,621,157, so about 4% of Americans are employed by the government.

According to a study by Paul C. Light, a government professor at New York University, the Federal Government also employed 14.6 million contractors in 2006. This was an increase of 2.5 million since 2002, and the study attributes the increase directly to contractors hired as part of the war on terror. (reported in the Washington Post)

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Headline numbers are scary with 600,000 laid off in a month being comparable to a depression like number (gross). But the population is larger so as a percentage the 600,000 number is actually less than depression like (net).

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As of 2/7/2009 60.5 percent of the population is (legally) employed...very bad as this also includes all government workers (public sector) who derive their salary from taxes gathered from employees in the private sector (cashiers,realtors etc.).

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As of September 2021, the unemployment rate in the United States is around 4.8%. This percentage represents the number of people who are actively seeking employment but are unable to find a job.

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As of June 2014, the percentage of Americans who are unemployed was 6.3. This translates to over 92 million people without a job.

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How many people are estimated to be part of the workforce in the US?

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these unanswered questions are unanswereed due to probable government coverup

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1 out of every 7 workers is a government employee !

Many States (like New York) have a percentage higher than 16 % of their workforce.

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20.7%

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