Gov. Bev Perdue and her Democratic allies have claimed that the budget passed by the General Assembly would decimate public employment in North Carolina. And yet during the current recession, government agencies have been spared the massive job losses that have afflicted private companies.
Public sector employment levels in North Carolina have been stable since the start of the recession in December 2007. It would take a loss of 63,000 government jobs to match the nearly 9 percent net loss that has occurred in the private sector during that time.
Total government employment has remained essentially unchanged, with 711,100 jobs in North Carolina at the beginning of the recession in 2007 and 711,600 jobs in April. State and local government jobs, including public K-12 education, have remained about the same. Federal government jobs rose from 64,100 to 69,300.