Government employees in the United States outnumber manufacturing employees by 9,932,000,according to data released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Federal, state and local government employed 22,213,000 people in August, while the manufacturing sector employed 12,281,000.
The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment data for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. For half a century—from January 1939 through July 1989—manufacturing employment always exceeded government employment in the United States, according to these numbers.
As you might imagine, much of this is caused by a loss of manufacturing jobs. And while manufacturing jobs are often lost because of technological advancements, they are also lost because over-reaching government policy leads to outsourcing and bad economies. As government starts regulating and taxing more, economies suffer, businesses shut down and corporations outsource manufacturing jobs.
In other words, the growth of government and the number of manufacturing jobs aren’t unrelated.