The GOP’s State Project of Slashing the Public Workforce

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Bryce Covert and Mike Konczal

The Roosevelt Institute

Last updated March 27, 2012

"There should have been a much more robust recovery in 2011, and part of the reason it was hampered was the drag that government layoffs had on the overall recovery. Average job growth was 153,000 per month overall. However, that broke down to 175,000 private sector jobs gained and 22,000 public sector jobs lost. In a period of weak aggregate demand, where a multiplier is in effect, this likely had a significant impact on the rest of the economy."