The unemployment rate for government workers rose for the first time since January, standing at 3.8 percent in May, up from 3.3 percent in April. But at the same time, the total number of government workers in the United States increased by 92,000.
There were 20,361,000 total government workers in May, up from 20,269,000 in April.
The increase in government workers happened at the state and local level, not the federal level. Federal government payrolls actually declined by 14,000 in May.
“Over the past 3 months, federal government employment has decreased by 45,000,” BLS said.
In July 2012, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. The rate has generally declined since then.
Read More at CNS News . By Elizabeth Harrington.