The Unemployment Rate Is Down To 4.3%…For Government Workers


President Obama and Democrat leadership may not have been great for the economy overall, but the government workers in the public sector are doing pretty good. Unemployment among government employees is the lowest out of any other sector in the economy:

( – The best news anywhere in the U.S. economy over the past three months has been in the government sector, where unemployment has dropped dramatically from 5.7 percent in July to 5.1 percent in August to 4.3 percent in September, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

This is down from 5.7% unemployment in July, and 5.1% unemployment in August.

Let’s be clear that while government jobs are necessary – and more often than not filled by good people trying to do a good job – they are a drain on the overall economy. Government in and of itself is a burden to the economy. The private sector supports the government because a truly free market needs a certain number of laws and enforcement of those laws.

But government jobs are no stimulus to the economy, despite what the Keynsians tell us.

Government jobs are, however, of tremendous stimulus to Democrats who count as perhaps their most important bloc of support the labor unions. And these days the government is the last bastion of organized labor, given that there are more dues-paying union members working in government than the private sector.

Rob Port is the editor of 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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  • $8194357

    As the Pravda dog starts its wag….

    The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent last month,
    dropping below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years. The rate
    declined because more people found work, a trend that could have an impact on
    undecided voters in the final month before the presidential election.

    The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 114,000 jobs in
    September. The economy also created 86,000 more jobs in July and August than
    first estimated. Wages rose in September and more people started looking for

    The revisions show employers added 146,000 jobs per month from July through
    September, up from 67,000 in the previous three months. The unemployment rate
    fell from 8.1 percent in August, matching its level in January 2009 when
    President Barack Obama took office.

    The decline could help Obama, who is coming off a disappointing debate
    performance against GOP challenger Mitt Romney.

    The report may be the last to sway voters. The October jobs report will be
    released only four days before Election Day.

    “An overall better-than-expected jobs report, consistent with most recent
    data that suggest the economy is gaining some momentum,” said Sal Guatieri, an
    economist at BMO Capital Markets, in a note to clients. “The sizeable drop in
    the unemployment rate could lift the President’s re-election chances following a
    post-debate dip.”

    • Thresherman

      The rate did not drop because more people found work, as the article says, but because the actual number people of working in this country, that the rate is calculated by, has fallen. In short, no matter what the unemployment rate says, there are less people working this month than last. Unexpectedly.

      • $8194357

        On the dole or quit looking completeley so less folks looking..
        As Barry says…Its math man..

  • kevindf

    “Government worker” is an oxymoron.

    • awfulorv

      “Finagler” seems more appropriate.

    • Davo

      Lazy soldiers, mooching off the government’s teat like that. Get a real job! You think Fallujah is hard? Try being the associate systems analyst for JVC!

      • kevindf

        You are confusing military service with civil service.

  • SigFan

    So do government workers get paid with Obama money? You know, from his stash?

    At a time when we are borrowing $.40 on every dollar the government spends we’re adding more overhead by hiring more government “workers”. What could possibly go wrong?

    • $8194357

      $35 million of the stimulus stash is ear marked for
      Hawiian real estate due to close in January 2013…

      • SigFan

        Well, Moochelle does need to be kept in the manner to which she is accustomed ya’ know. Actually if that’s all it would cost us to be rid of him it’s a bargain.

  • Mildred Spindinski

    Government workers are terrible. They pick up the garbage, they educate our children, they fight our wars, they operate NASA, the run the FAA, they keep the food safe. However, we all know they are worthless moochers, right Rob? More than likely most government workers are socialist, and many of them are Muslims. Does it ever stop Rob? Is there anything you will not try to spin into tax cuts for the rich?

  • CynthiaR

    SIP Softphone

    Soon I will start my next business on face book and this article is very useful. I have to sell technological items (cellular phones and tablets) and I hope that Christmas is a good time for this kind of products.