Federal employment held steady in August but dropped since 2012

September 9, 2013
(Eric Risberg/AP)
(Eric Risberg/AP)

Federal employment excluding military personnel remained unchanged last month, but the numbers have declined slightly since 2012, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released Monday.

The federal workforce, including the U.S. Postal Service but not the military, held steady at about 2.7 million employees in August, based on seasonally adjusted numbers. However, that figure is down from 71,000 compared to the same time last year.

Postal Service employment increased by about 300 workers between August and July, while the number of federal employees outside that agency declined by the same amount. (A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the increase at 300,000).

President Obama’s 2014 budget proposal would add a projected 6,000 workers, largely in the fields of cybersecurity, border security and veterans’ health care. An alternative plan from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would trim the workforce by 10 percent through attrition by 2015.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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