Biden Close to Setting Record for Efforts to Expand Bureaucratic State

Democrat President Joe Biden is now edging closer to setting a record for his efforts to expand America’s bureaucratic state.

The total number of government employees in the U.S. is now close to a new record, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Biden’s historic expansion is only being outdone by one other month in the country’s history.

The U.S. added 49,000 government jobs in November.

32,000 of those jobs were local and 17,000 of those were federal.

The increase brings the total number of government employees to 22,967,000, according to the BLS.

The number of total government employees in November is only outdone by one other month.

In May 2010, former President Barack Obama oversaw 22,996,000 people being employed by the government.

This record was set as a result of temporary hiring used to perform the census that year, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (FRED).

The increase in government employment follows consistent growth in the sector, with the government adding 65,000 and 63,000 employees in October and September, respectively, according to the BLS.

If the trend continues into December, the number will exceed 23 million, a record high.

Government hiring typically increases substantially in the months around census collection, which occurs in the U.S. in years that end with a zero, with the Census Bureau hiring thousands of temporary workers, peaking in May, to fulfill collection obligations, according to the Census Bureau.

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The expected increase in government hiring for the 2020 census never came to fruition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic halted hiring efforts in February of that year, stopping at 22,871,000 government positions, according to FRED.

Total government employment declined following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping rapidly to 21,396,000 positions by May 2020, but steadily rising ever since to its current position.

The U.S. added 199,000 jobs in November, boosted by around 47,000 employees returning to work after the conclusion of strikes from the United Auto Workers and the actors’ union SAG-AFTRA.

The number of jobs added by the government for the month was exceeded only by gains in the healthcare sector, which added 77,000 in November.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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