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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Big Government? Or Big Drop In Government?
January 2007 - December 2011; from BLS and Census data
Proportionally, our American government has been shrinking since April 2009 on a steady slop of decline in relative size compared to the population. Even without population growth, total govt payrolls dropped by 702,000 between April 2009 and January 2012. Those layoffs slashed over 3% of the govt workforce from the start of that period.