US states cut over 220,000 teaching jobs in 2009/ 2011 - - 40% of public sector jobs lost in period
The US employment situation is measured each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) via two surveys - - one of business establishments and the other of households. In July, the employer survey provided a more optimistic picture of job gains than the household survey. Private sector employment grew for the 29th straight month in July. It rose 172,000, much better than the rate of growth in the previous three months. Since January private payrolls have risen 141,000 a month. In the month, there were gains in many sectors and the temporary help services industry is up 6% in 2012. The two areas of of jobs contraction are in construction and the public sector. Jobs in the construction industry are down 33,000 in the year so far and 1.98m or more than 26% since December 2007. Since May 2010 government jobs have fallen in 23 out of 26 months, dropping a total of 1.07m (4.7%). Public-sector employment (federal, state, and local government jobs) fell in 10 of the past 12 months, compared to 29 consecutive months of private-sector job growth. US public-sector employment is at its lowest in over 30 years while over 220,000 teaching jobs have been cut in the period 2009-2011 - - almost 40% of the public sector jobs lost in the period. Meanwhile, the BLS's household survey showed that 195,000 fewer Americans were employed in July compared with June.
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