A Bright Spot On The Jobs Front: Government

Any plan to cut the deficit, no matter how good, had better bide its time: With each week bringing news of more layoffs by big companies, the public sector has become one of the few sources of new jobs in a weak labor market. Since June, 1991, which many economists consider the start of the recovery, federal, state, and local governments have added 191,000 jobsmainly education and health-related posts in local government. Contrast that with the private sector, which lost 65,000 jobs over the past yearthe only time in postwar history when private payrolls have shrunk in the first year of the recovery.

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