Federal employment dropped again in December, capping year of loss

People cross a street in downtown Washington, DC, on Oct. 17, one day after the deal to reopen the government. (Jewel Samad/AFP-Getty). People cross a street in downtown Washington, D.C., on Oct. 17, one day after the deal to reopen the government. (Jewel Samad/AFP-Getty)

The federal government continued shedding jobs last month, losing another 2,000 workers for a total decline of nearly 80,000 employees in 2013, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The shrinkage in the federal workforce last year contrasts with consistent growth in the private sector, which showed an increase of 2.2 million new jobs for the year, including 87,000 new positions in December.

Despite losing workers over the past several years, the U.S. Postal Service actually boosted the net federal number last month by adding 2,200 employees. Without those gains, the government loss rises to 4,200 workers for December.

For more comparisons relating to federal employment, check out this previous Federal Eye article on the trends during 2013.

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.
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