This is good news–but not really.

“Levy is an economist for the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, and he found that the number of state and local government employees per 10,000 residents has declined from 501 to 479 since 2007. The average in the United States is 537 employees per 10,000 residents. In terms of state employees, California had 110 for every 10,000 residents, which means that California’s ratio of state government employees relative to population was 23% below the national average.”

This is good news–the government sector in the United States in 2011″lost” 280,000 “workers–most of whom paid bribes for their government job.

But, if California cam into the 21st century and used computers for the DMV, textbooks are online instead of killing trees and we are allowed to drill for oil and get real jobs and revenues.  Cut government and grow the economy.

CA Ranks Near the Bottom for Number of Public-Sector Workers

California City News,  1/16/12
Economist Steve Levy has done a bit of number-crunching and found that when it comes to a proportion of the state’s population, California’s state and local governments have one of the leanest workforces in the nation. In fact, the Golden State ranks fifth from the bottom in the number of employees working for the government relative to the population.

Levy is an economist for the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, and he found that the number of state and local government employees per 10,000 residents has declined from 501 to 479 since 2007. The average in the United States is 537 employees per 10,000 residents. In terms of state employees, California had 110 for every 10,000 residents, which means that California’s ratio of state government employees relative to population was 23% below the national average.

The economist’s report makes the following conclusions:

  • There is broad agreement that seeking efficiencies in government programs is good public policy. Yet, the data suggest that at the aggregate level California is not overstaffed relative to caseloads in the major program areas. Indeed, a stronger case can be made that public programs are being carried out with less staffing than in most other states.
  • Public agencies in California continue to face serious budget challenges. A new round of budget cuts was announced in December 2011 and can look forward to a very challenging 2012-2013 budget year with continuing challenges in following years even with a moderate economic recovery and associated revenue gains.

The report also adds that its data confirms Californians in cities across the state will have tough choices to make when it comes to services and the costs they require. You can read the full report here.

On a related note, the federal government recently released job statistics and it was revealed that the public sector lost 12,000 jobs in December. The U.S. Department of Labor has reported that the public sector lost about 280,000 jobs in 2011.

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