Pop-Quiz Answers

True or false:  The number of United States Federal employees in 2010 is lower than in 1975.

Answer:  True and False!

True: If you factor out the temporary census employees, you’ll find that the number of federal government employees is slightly lower than in 1975.

False: But of course 2010 is a census year which creates a short-lived spike in Federal employment.

True or false:  The number of Federal employees dropped during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Answer:  False.

Fact checking can be done at BLS or the various blogs such as Calculated Risk and Econbrowser

Frankly I was knocked sideways by the facts.  They just didn’t square with everything I’ve heard from all sorts of politicians over the past 10 years.

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