Republican Presidents Increased Government Jobs After Recessions

FILED TO: Economics

Ezra Klein runs the numbers on government employment after the recessions in 1981, 1990, 2001, and 2008. The results? Republican Presidents presided over significant expansion of government jobs as opposed to Obama, who cut government jobs. Writes Klein:

Government employment tends to rise during recessions, helping to cushion their impact. But with the exception of a spike when we hired temporary workers for the decennial census, it’s fallen sharply during this recession.

Note that a Republican was president after the 1981, 1990 and 2000 recessions. Public-sector austerity looks a lot better to conservatives when they’re out of power than when they’re in it.

Graph below:

(Ezra Klein)

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