Public Vs. Private Sector Employment

Private versus Public Employment Rate of Change

Above is a graph (larger view) comparing the rate of change of government employment to private employment in Connecticut over the last decade. The data was provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C.


6 responses to “Public Vs. Private Sector Employment

  1. The only positive here is that there has been some rate of decline for government jobs, too. On the whole, this is a very ugly graph, though. Anyone from Yale or UConn NOT leaving the state?

  2. This chart just has data for the end of the year apparently. So why does it say that each line is “seasonally adjusted”? You only seasonal adjust things if you are comparing different seasons: in this case, they are 10 data points, all at the same season, so no seasonal adjustment is necessary.

    Why not put percentages on the Y axis to make it a little more user friendly? (Health: I know, it is not you, it’s the BLS).

    I assume govt means state, municipal and federal employees and I guess also military?

  3. And less qualified Firefighters in New haven too!
    Guess who showed up at a party for new Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor?

  4. Why rate of change? I mean, why is this graph supposed to be interesting?

  5. Why rate of change? I mean, why is this graph supposed to be interesting?

    Rate of change can be interesting: shows job growth or decline for that segment. Graphic the total number of jobs wouldn’t be that useful: you’d have almost straight lines because each year, the total wouldn’t change by more than a percent or two. Also, total number of jobs would be difficult to graph because there are presumably many more private sector jobs than public sector ones.

  6. A free America… means just this: individual freedom for all, rich or poor, or else this system of government we call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man to the machine and make him like it.

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