State and local jobs have gone away, but not in Missouri

Three years ago, there were nearly half a million more state and local government employees across the United States than there are today.

This grim reality was brought to you by an annual employment survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau.

But for Missourians, it’s not all doom and gloom.

While the general trend for the U.S. in recent years was a loss of government jobs, Missouri managed to find itself in a good position.

In 2008, Missouri was home to about 389,700 jobs.

In 2011, that number stands at 389,900.

It’s only an increase of about 200 jobs, or 0.1 percent, but many would probably see this as a huge victory for the Show Me state.

Compare this to our compatriots to the east. Illinois is down 1.2 percent in the past three years, with a net loss of nearly 10,000 jobs.

Or take a look at California. They’ve seen a three year loss of about 150,000 local and state government jobs. That’s a lot of people.

The best places to find government jobs may be in the middle of the country. Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas, Wisconsin and the Dakotas all saw an increase in local and state government jobs.

So fear not middle-Americans! There are government jobs to be had.

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