Although still greatly outnumbered by jobless auto workers, construction workers and out-of-work textile plant employes, the number of U.S. civil servants going into unemployment lines is increasing.
More than 28,500 former federal civilian employes were on unemployment last month according to official Labor Department figures. That doesn't seem like much in a workforce of about 2.6 million, but it should come as a shock to people who think of the federal burequcracy as being fire-proof. Most of the layoff victims were with Defense units around the country and most of those losing jobs - so far - have been blue collar workers.
First-time unemployment benefit claims increased by 300 during the last week in June from ex-bureaucrats who lost their jobs for a variety of reasons.
President Carter has repeatedly promised that no federal will be demoted, lose pay or be fired because of reorganizations. But his pledge - now being put into legal form in the House - does not cover RIFs (reductions-in-force) or base-closures. They are the major cause of government employes losing their jobs anyhow.
The number of recently discharged veterans on the national unemployment roles is increasing at 3 times the rate of federal civilian unemployment, up 1,400 in the last week of June to a total of 46,400.
Carter administration officials have several programs in action and in the works to encourage the hiring of verans. But the problem is that the federal government is not expanding and fewer employes are retiring now because of the uncertain job market on the outside.
Private Industry Pay: White collar nonfederal salaries went up an average of 7.9 percent between March 1977 and March 1978 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS makes the annual survey for federal officials to use in working out the October catch-up-with-industry" raise that goes to white collars civil servants and military personnel.
This year the BLS data is relatively academic, since President Carter has announced he will hold the civilian-military increase to no more than 5.5 percent.
Biggest increase in industry pay, according to the Labor Department survey, came for personnel directors who average 10 percent increases. File Clerks in industry got 9.7 percent more and attorneys 9.1 percent.
Chemists and engineers each went up 9 percent: computer operators 8.5 percent and accountants and auditors were up between 8.2 percent and 8.3 percent in the year ending March.
Private industry pay raises for clerical workers between March 1977 and March 1978 averaged 6.2 percent for accounting clerks; 6 percent for messengers; 6.5 percent for secretaries; 8.2 percent for stenos and 8 percent for typists. The average increase for all private professional, administrative and technical support jobs in the industry survey was 8.3 percent while it was 7.4 percent on average for clerical jobs.
Don Campbell, who served as a special assistant to half a dozen postmasters general, died Wednesday in a Lexington, Ky. Va hospital. Don started out in government as a Grade 1 messenger, served as a diplomatic courier and became an information specialist and advance man for the top postal official. He retired several years ago to live on his Virginia farm.
James Lynch has resigned as chief lobbyist for the American Federation of Government Employees to run as vice president of the AFL-CIO union's overseas district. Under the union constitution, staffers trying for elected office must leave the payroll. National officers will be elected next month when AFGE meets in Chicago.
Rep. Parren Mitchell, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson will keynote the August 6-through-11 Atlantic City convention of the National Alliance of Postal and Federal Employees. The predominately black union is the first major federal group to test the waters of Atlantic City since its rebirth at the Las Vegas of the East.