Trends in State and Local Government Employment

From SUNY-Albany’s Rockefeller Institute:

Public-sector employment declines are widespread, with total state and local government jobs falling in 39 states but rising in 11 others over the past year. Overall state-local government employment is now 2 percent below its level at the start of the recession, while private employment is down 5.8 percent over the same period.

The big picture: diverging trends.

But this table shows the micro-trends:

Georgia at number 3 is kind of a surprise, but the number of the Southern states in the top 10 is even more striking.