Record numbers for govt. employment is no joke

Dec. 7, 2012

By Katy Grimes

Did you hear the one about the government hiring record numbers of new employees while the country teeters on the brink of financial disaster?

Actually, it’s no joke.

Call the government if you need a job – they are always hiring.

According to a newly-released official report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 73 percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government.

“In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments,” Terence Jeffrey of CNS News reported.

“By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the five months since June,” Jeffrey reported. “In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.”

Here is the BLS report. Scroll through it to the end to see the private sector, manufacturing, non-farm, health care, and government employment numbers.

By the way, here is my favorite government worker joke:

Four men were bragging about how smart their dogs are. The first man was an Engineer, the second was an Accountant, the third was a Chemist, and the fourth man was a Government Worker.

To show off, the Engineer called to his dog. “T-Square, do your stuff.”
T-Square trotted over to a desk, took out some paper and a pen and promptly drew a circle, a square, and a triangle. Everyone agreed that was pretty smart.

The Accountant said his dog could do better, and said, “Slide Rule, do your stuff.”

Slide Rule went out into the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies each. Everyone agreed that was good.

The Chemist said his dog could do better still, so he called his dog and said, “Measure, do your stuff.”

Measure got up, walked over to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 8 ounces without spilling a drop. Everyone agreed that was great.

The Government Worker called to his dog and said, “Coffee Break, do your stuff!”

Coffee Break jumped to his feet, ate the cookies, drank the milk, dumped on the paper, sexually assaulted the other three dogs, claimed he injured his back while doing so, filed a grievance for unsafe working conditions, put in for Workers’ Compensation and went home on sick leave.

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  1. Donkey
    Donkey 7 December, 2012, 14:34

    The joke was a hoot Katy!! Too bad it is so true in many ways. Most LE RAGWUS members end their looting of the taxpayers labor by going out on disability with no feelings of shame, as with the firewhiners.

    I have a childhood friend that is a firewhiner for HBFD, he knows it is all a scam, but he doesn’t have the intergrity or ability to give up the cash. 🙂

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  2. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 December, 2012, 15:07

    Call the government if you need a job – they are always hiring

    You can call them all you want, the fact is gov jobs, even the lowest paying ones, are given on on cronyism and nepotism, and that is certainly true of ALL the high level or high comping jobs.

    The dept of corrections had 125K applicants for only 900 job openings in 2010. Not uncommon to get over 100 applicants for just one K-6 elementary teacher job opening. And the one that gets hired with those kinds of numbers are always connected in……..

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  3. Douglas
    Douglas 7 December, 2012, 15:59

    If you worked for the state, you could get two days off without pay for telling that joke. Don’t ask me how I know.

    (Hint,”sexually assaulted” or any of it’s euphemisms is frowned upon)

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  4. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 7 December, 2012, 16:07

    Douglas – You could also get two days off without pay for touching a coworker anywhere other than between the shoulder and elbow. All other “touches” are considered a form of harassment.

    Political correctness is designed to silence those of us with common sense, ethics, morals, and self-determination.

    Katy

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  5. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 December, 2012, 18:15

    You could also get two days off without pay for touching a coworker anywhere other than between the shoulder and elbow. All other “touches” are considered a form of harassment.
    ==
    I worked with this guy that was a good guy, but overly friendly, and he always wanted to put his arm around you in a bonding way, and basically invade personal space, was very very creepy even though he menat no harm.

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  6. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 7 December, 2012, 19:04

    Of course Rex, but it has always been within your power to tell him that you are not a touchy guy. It’s what I’ve always done, when someone is too touchy friendly. Most people get it, and most touchy people know they are touchy.

    Katy

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  7. Douglas
    Douglas 7 December, 2012, 21:13

    So, is this a joke, or what?

    “By November, according to data BLS released today, the total number of people employed had climbed to143,262,000, an overall increase of 847,000 in the five months since June,” Jeffrey reported. “In the same five-month period since June, the number of people employed by government increased by 621,000 to 20,559,000. These 621,000 new government jobs created in the last five months equal 73.3 percent of the 847,000 new jobs created overall.”

    From the BLS data:

    Jan 2012. June 2012. Nov 2012
    Total 141,637,000. 142,415,000. 143,262,000
    Government. 20,583,000 19,938,000 20,559,000

    Since January 2012, total employment has increased by 1,625,000
    Since January 2012, government employment has DECREASED by 24,000

    So, WHY did CNSNews.com choose the “last five months” to compare data? Can’t be cherry picking, or they would have gone back to April, when government employment was at the lowest point of the year, right?

    In other news , according to the BLS report linked in this article:

    “Government employment is 618,000 below its August 2008 level”
    “Since reaching an employment trough in February, 2010, the private sector has added 5.1 million jobs.”

    Maybe you shouldn’t get to optimistic about that new government job.

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  8. Douglas
    Douglas 7 December, 2012, 21:20

    Maybe CNSNews.com is just playing to the lowest common denominator:

    From their “comments”

    Watchman • 13 hours ago −

    “Of course they are gov’t jobs, it is all part of the regime’s plan to build up a zombie base structure of incompetent idiots who will say and do whatever the bozo in charge says, then he can turn this place into another Cuba. He forgets one big thing, we aren’t defenseless Cubans… LNL”

    I’m not sure what he’s trying to say, but it has right wing wacko written all over it, and all based on misleading data.

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  9. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 7 December, 2012, 21:43

    Of course Rex, but it has always been within your power to tell him that you are not a touchy guy. It’s what I’ve always done, when someone is too touchy friendly. Most people get it, and most touchy people know they are touchy.

    Katy
    ==
    Yo’re not a wimp. I’m a a wimp.

    You are right, I should have spoken up.

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