Obama’s Economy: Unemployment Among Government Workers Lowest In The Nation


The nation may have gotten a terrible jobs report for August, but there was one part of the economy that’s doing pretty well.  Unemployment among government workers is at 5.1%, the lowest in the nation.

(CNSNews.com) – There was good news for American workers in August—if government was their employer.

The unemployment rate for government wage and salaries workers dropped from 5.7 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August. At the same time, the number of government wage and salary workers counted as unemployed dropped by 123,000 people from 1,182,000 in July to 1,059,000 in August.

The overall national unemployment rate was 8.1 percent in August.

A year ago, in August 2011, there were 1,271,000 unemployed government wage and salary workers. So, the number of unemployed government workers has dropped by 212,000 since then.

The unemployment numbers for government workers published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics are not seasonally adjusted.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics counts someone as a government wage and salary worker if they are not in the military and they are currently employed by any level of government—local, state or federal—or they are unemployed, they are looking for work, and their last job was for any level of government.

Meanwhile, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the bad jobs report was the fault of Republicans because they “blocked Democratic efforts to hire more teachers, firefighters and police officers.”

That’s a little hard to believe given the numbers above.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Roy_Bean

    I don’t understand why Harry, Barry and Nancy didn’t fix everything back when they ruled the world in 2009-2010. I guess it’s easier to throw rocks than it is to make windows.

  • kevindf

    “Government Workers” is an oxymoron.

    • borborygmi

      All those service men and women don’t work for there cash.

      • robert108

        Actually, they do; it’s the Constitutional purpose called “defending our country from all enemies”. Civil servants, not so much. The pay rates for military are a lot lower than the fat cat civil servants, and military personnel don’t get “defined benefit” golden parachutes when they retire. Big difference. And it’s “their”.

        • $8194357

          Foriegn and “domestic”…

  • R180_HG_Onslaught are idiots

    The Free market mooches feel they are entitled to a job.

    • robert108

      The free market is about achievement and productivity; it’s the collectivists who are the moochers. They live off the earnings of the achievers.

  • AnotherObamaHalfBrother

    Of course government employees have a low unemployment rate, that is why Obama has had 4 history making $1 Trillion+ deficits and increased the national debt by nearly 50%. Where do you think all that borrowed money is going?

    • Jack1

      That money is going to fix the mess Bush left.

      • donwalk

        How did they Get President Bush to come back after forty-four months to sign the termination notices?
        Except for the House, Liberal Democrats have been in control with majorities since 2006. That would be sixty-eight months (5 years and 8 months for you Democrats), enough time for your teenagers to become adults, graduate from High School and even for the older teenagers to have graduated from college.
        Blaming Republicans is cowardly after that period of time.
        2006: Democrats took the House and the Senate.
        2008: B.O. handed the Presidency by the Liberal Media.
        2010: Republicans took back the House and began to control spending.
        1. Forty-eight out of the past sixty-eight months, Democrats held the majorities in both the House and the Senate.
        2. Forty-four of the past sixty-eight months B.O. has been “The One” sitting in the big chair.
        3. Sixty-eight of the past sixty-eight months Democrats have held the majorities in the Senate.
        Time for Democrats to grow a backbone and make the changes needed to save and restore this country to greatness. This is not a time for Democrats to whine about filibustering, or to point the fingers at someone else.

        • $8194357

          Bush won’t let them have a budget anymore either, huh.

      • robert108

        First, the “mess” was caused by Carter, Clinton, Frank and Dodd, along with the Pelosi/Reid Congress, but even more, that money is going to pay off obama’s cronies who bought votes for him.

        • $8194357

          Central planning communist social justice rules
          for bank lending.
          Cloward/Piven dream come true..
          Worked like a charm didn’t it..

        • Snarkie

          Oh look, the bald-faced liar has stepped in to see if everyone has forgotten the last six years where he has habitually lied his ass off on this blog.

      • $8194357

        Welcome to Corruption, USA
        By Porter Stansberry
        Americans know, deep in their bones, that something terrible is happening.

        Maybe you can’t articulate it. Maybe you don’t have the statistics to understand exactly what’s going on. But my bet is, you think about it a lot.

        If you are at all like me, you know something has gone wrong with America that’s critical to our national prosperity… something that jeopardizes the future for our children and ourselves.

        Something that threatens both the financial order (like the stock market) and the political order.

        Well today, I’d like to help identify the real problem with America, by telling two quick stories.

        Both of these stories will give you a very good idea about the current state of our nation, and where we are heading next.

        The first story involves some of the most powerful, richest, and most-connected people in the country.

        Why are these guys not in jail?

        Last fall, Bloomberg news published an article based on confidential sources about how Henry Paulson – the former CEO of Goldman Sachs and the Republican U.S. Treasury secretary during the financial crisis – held a secret meeting with the top 20 hedge-fund managers in New York City in late July 2008.

        This was about two weeks after he testified to Congress that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were “well capitalized.”

        I knew for a fact that what Paulson told Congress wasn’t true. I wrote my entire June 2008 newsletter detailing exactly why Fannie and Freddie certainly had billions of dollars in losses that they had not yet revealed to investors – $500 billion in losses, at least. There was no question in my mind… both companies were insolvent – “zeros,” as I explained.

        And yet, in front of Congress, the U.S. Treasury Secretary was saying exactly the opposite. Either I was a liar… or he was.

        Then… only a few days later… what did Paulson tell those hedge-fund managers?

        He told them the same thing I had written in my newsletter. He told them the opposite of what he’d said publicly to Congress. He told these billionaire investors that Fannie and Freddie were a disaster… They would require an enormous, multibillion-dollar bailout… The U.S. government would have to take them over… And their shareholders would be completely wiped out.

        Here you had a high-government official explicitly lying to Congress (and by extension, the general public), while giving the real facts to a group of people who represented the financial interests of the world’s wealthiest folks. The story didn’t come to the public’s attention for two years.

        This was the most outrageous example of graft and corruption I have ever seen. Certainly it involves more billions of dollars in misappropriated value than any other similar story I can recall. These managers had the risk-free ability to make tens – if not hundreds – of billions of dollars by using derivatives to capitalize on what they knew was the imminent collapse of the world’s largest mortgage bank.

        Who picked up the tab? You know perfectly well: It was you and me, the taxpayers.

        In an interesting side note: One of the investment managers present at this meeting was Steve Rattner, who by that point was already deeply involved in another bit of graft: his efforts to bribe New York state pension-fund managers for large investments into his hedge fund… from which he earned perhaps as much as $100 million. He later settled the charges for a mere $10 million shortly after Andrew Cuomo was elected governor of New York.

        The Bloomberg story about a crooked Treasury Secretary handing a room full of crooked billionaires inside information worth billions of dollars hardly caused a ripple.

        As far as I know, no actions are being planned against Henry Paulson or any of the hedge-fund managers involved. No other major media outlet picked up the story. I saw nothing about it from the Department of Justice or the Securities and Exchange Commission.

        What does that say about our country when even the most egregious kind of corruption – involving hundreds of billions of dollars – is simply ignored?

        It seems like everyone in our country has lost his moral bearing, from the highest government officials and senior corporate leaders all the way down to schoolteachers and local community leaders.

        And here’s the point: The ethos of my fellow Americans seems to have changed from one of personal integrity and responsibility to “getting yours” – the all-out attempt, by any means possible, to get the most amount of benefits with the least amount of work.

        Think I’m exaggerating?

        Well, that brings me to my second story, about a group of people who are probably the most egregious, money-grubbing, and immoral class in America today: Retirees.

        Now hold on… before you start sending hate mail my way… keep in mind… I’m not talking about all retirees.

        No… there’s a very special group who exhibit some of the most disgusting behavior I’ve ever seen, even though they are technically not “breaking” the law.

      • AnotherObamaHalfBrother

        Nothing has been fixed. Where did the money go besides Solyndra and ACORN?

    • Snarkie

      I thought it was going to Solyndra?

      Now you maintain it is going to all the civil servant clerks who make 35k per annum?

      Oh the injustice.

      • robert108

        They all consume our earnings through taxes.

  • Albert Lickenspittle

    We all know government is bad, right Rob? So to keep the numbers even we need to lay off teachers and firemen. This silly blog can spin everything

    • tony_o2

      Who’s saying we need to lay off teachers and firemen? Your inability to comprehend does not indicate any spinning by Rob.

      • $8194357

        Just like Barry, huh.
        right to cutting the essential services while
        keeping the pork they buy votes with.
        Leftists asshats..

        • Snarkie

          Oh yea. Nary a conservative is involved with the pork.

          Go stick your head back into the bible, flatearther assclown.

          • $8194357

            Hows that alcohol addiction going kid?

    • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

      They should lay off the worthless layers of bureaucrats but the politicians would rather lay off the firemen. True story. A few years back a county in Minnesota had a budget crisis and said that because of the union they could only lay off the sheriffs department.

  • Snarkie

    Wait wait wait

    Unemployment among government **workers** is low?


    But don’t you believe in trickle down? Let’s give them all more raises and when they buy new toothbrushes, it’ll be a boon for you and yours.

    • Albert Lickenspittle

      Thanks for helping to shoot up the dingers. Left to their own delusional devices they would tell lies on this blog site all day. These are the guys who used to side up to the bullies for their own protection. A pathetic bunch of gutless wonders licking the boots of the rich in the hope they will toss them a dime.

      • donwalk

        You might want to add your comments to the achievements listed below, most of them were in the latest jobs report. Just a suggestion!
        1. 43 straight months in which unemployment has exceeded 8 percent.
        2. Hourly pay fell, manufacturers cut the most jobs in two years and the number of people in the work force dropped to its lowest level in 31 years.
        3. The proportion of the population that is either working or looking for work fell to 63.5 percent. That’s the lowest level in 31 years for the labor force participation rate.
        4. Average hourly wages dipped a penny to $23.52 and are only slightly ahead of inflation in the past year.
        5. The average work week was unchanged in August after being revised downward in July to 34.4 hours. And the number of temporary jobs fell for the first time in five months.
        6. Many of the jobs were in lower-paying industries such as retail, which added 6,100 jobs, and hotels, restaurants and other leisure industries, which gained 34,000.
        7. Higher-paying manufacturing jobs fell by 15,000, the most in two years.
        8. The number of Americans whom the U.S. Department of Labor counted as “not in the civilian labor force” in August hit a record high of 88,921,000.
        9. In July, there were 155,013,000 in the U.S. civilian labor force. In August that dropped to 154,645,000—meaning that on net 368,000 people simply dropped out of the labor force last month and did not even look for a job.
        10. There were also 119,000 fewer Americans employed in August than there were in July. In July, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 142,220,000 Americans working. But, in August, there were only 142,101,000 Americans working.
        11. Despite the fact that fewer Americans were employed in August than July, the unemployment rate ticked down from 8.3 in July to 8.1. That is because so many people dropped out of the labor force and stopped looking for work.
        12. America’s May food stamp rolls increased by 173,000. In the last jobs numbers available to us (August), only 96,000 new jobs were created.
        Yes, this is the record of a president running for reelection with the slogan “Forward.”
        Now we understand why President B.O. stated “Our path is a hard one, but it leads to a better place”.
        President B.O. said as much because “it can’t get much worse”!

        • $8194357

          to capitalisms demise…
          And the workers rise…
          Marxist asshats.
          By now, most have heard of the Obama campaign’s new slogan, “Forward,” and the dubious scrubbing of all references to the Marxist origins of the motto on its Wikipedia entry. During his Thursday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck reviewed the roots of President Obama’s leftwing ideology and those who have served as his inspiration — from far-left radical Frank Marshall Davis to Bill Ayers and his father, Tom. Beck’s clip is featured below. And the information that follows on the president’s new slogan is, we daresay, outrageous.

          End quote

          Rub a dub scrub..
          Propaganda media outlets.
          Get rid of his communist/muslim ideologies.

          The Audacity of Hopelessness.

          • $8194357

            Obama Had Long Close Connection to Bill Ayers Father: Obama
            Slogan ‘Forward’ – Marxist
            Communist Roots

            Remember Obama saying Domestic Terrorist,
            Weatherman Bill Ayers, was
            “just a guy in the neighborhood?”
            Even the most ardent Obama supporter
            can’t swallow that almost four years after his reign
            They …favstocks.com · ByMaggie M. Thornton · 9/6/2012

            Coincidences are the damndest things

            Realizing the failure and hypocrisy of his
            slogan, he and his minions put more thought …
            contributors to
            a publication “Vorwaerts,” German for “Forward.” A bi-weekly
            reader of the Communist League featured columns by Karl Marx
            and Engels, also …

    • tony_o2

      “when they buy new toothbrushes, it’ll be a boon for you and yours.”
      Isn’t that why Obama signed the payroll tax cut extension? The median wage worker will take home an extra $80 a month. That oughta get the economy roaring……/sarc

      • robert108

        While that “tax cut” drains SS.

  • http://www.booksbyoliver.com/ Cottonman

    “It is the duty
    of the patriot to protect his country from its government.” Thomas Paine
    If only there was a way for us to change the way things are in D.C. (District of Corruption).

    • $8194357

      Anti constitutional soviet central planning steering
      committe matriarchail majority conscensus..
      Rule of Law be damned…

  • Willy Dunderfinch

    Where was your pride and joy George Bush when you had the convention Rob? Locked in a closet? Lets just repeat his idiotic policies and see if it works this time. You simple minded dingers fooled twice by Republican crap

    • two_amber_lamps

      How many other names do you use Emil?


      • $8194357

        The evil BUSH….
        The evil BUSH….
        Wasn’t he just Cheney’s sock puppet according to the left?

    • donwalk

      Where was your new programs and job creation ideas from your failed President?
      Were you able to collect much rainfall from the downpour that hit the stadium? Why didn’t you have Jimma Carter give the Presidential speech, rather than Obama copying Jimma’s 1980 speech? Teleprompter broke?
      Why did you allow “Evolution to take place” in regards to “God” in only about an hour’s time at the convention?
      What happened to the speaker chosen to boast and flaunt the “Jobs Creation Expansion” over the past forty-four months?
      Just a few question for you to work on.

      • $8194357

        The art of “misdirection”.

        A guys is out rabbit hunting
        and everyone on his left shouts:

        “look at all those squirrels” !

        • donwalk

          The art of “misdirection”. Don’t take responsibility for your actions and yell “Squirrels”! You forgot to answer the questions – too busy looking for squirrels?

          Subject: [ndsayanything] Re: Obama’ s Economy: Unemployment Among Government Workers Lowest In The Nation

          • $8194357

            Should of made it clearer don..
            I was refering to the Democrats art of miss direction.
            Marx told them to blame the opponent for what they in fact were doing…They been doing that for alot of decades already..

    • robert108

      Thanks for admitting that President Bush is still more powerful than obama, even after being out of office for almost four years. According to you whiners, he’s still responsible for the economy, and poor obama can’t do a thing.

  • $8194357

    The Democrats version of a slot machine…
    spin spin spin

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    What you do is take the money from people creating jobs and give it to bureaucrats who making it harder to create jobs.

    Then you call it “stimulus.”

  • Thresherman

    Let’s seem SEIU gives lavish amounts of money to the Dems campaigns and in return gets even more massive amounts of money poured into it’s coffers by the acts of those same Democrats. Tamany Hall and Boss Tweed could only dream of graft this huge.

    • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

      Tman, why not ban all outside money and have publicly funded elections?