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How many people work for the federal government?

Posted on 04/07/2010 8:49:11 PM PDT by cradle of freedom

Does anyone know how many people actually work for the federal government?


TOPICS: Government; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: biggovernment; federalemployees; washington

1 posted on 04/07/2010 8:49:11 PM PDT by cradle of freedom
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To: cradle of freedom

First!!!!

I know - NONE!!!

Many are employed, but none actually work!


2 posted on 04/07/2010 8:50:39 PM PDT by Joann37
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To: cradle of freedom
None outside the military. The rest just get paid.
3 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:02 PM PDT by TWfromTEXAS (Life is the one choice that pro choicers will not support.)
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To: Joann37

LOL!!!


4 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:03 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: cradle of freedom

All of us, judging how much they take from us each pay check.


5 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:40 PM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: cradle of freedom

When Obama gets through, all of us.


6 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:42 PM PDT by mlocher (USA is a sovereign nation)
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To: cradle of freedom

Soon, it might be easier to find out how may people DON’T work for the government anymore.


7 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:55 PM PDT by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now, courtesy of Islam.)
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To: cradle of freedom

All of us.


8 posted on 04/07/2010 8:51:57 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (LPFOKETT GAHCOEEP-w/o*)
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To: cradle of freedom

jokes notwithstanding, somewhere between two and three million civilians, double that with military. No idea with contractors worked into the mix.


9 posted on 04/07/2010 8:52:33 PM PDT by jz638
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To: norwaypinesavage
All of us, judging how much they take from us each pay check.

Actually, only about half of us...

10 posted on 04/07/2010 8:53:20 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (Flame away...)
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To: cradle of freedom

With 1.9 million civilian workers (including DOD civilians) and 1.4 million uniformed personnel, the federal
government is the largest single employer in the United States (Source: White House 2008 budget numbers and OSD).
[taken from http://www.1105govinfo.com/pdfs/advertise/Federal_Employees_Almanac.pdf]


11 posted on 04/07/2010 8:54:40 PM PDT by tarpit
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To: cradle of freedom

Too effing many.


12 posted on 04/07/2010 8:55:08 PM PDT by bergmeid (Fumigate Washington NOW!!)
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To: cradle of freedom

Here’s a reply from Yahoo Answers:

Excluding the CIA, NSA, DIA, and other “sensitive” areas, for which the government does not provide stats, there are about 2 Million civilians directly employed by the Federal Government. (not including post office and civilians working abroad)

Add to that, 35,000 that work for the government, but outside the USA (mostly foreign nationals).

Add the post office, which employs about 656,000 civilians.

Also — bear in mind that this is ONLY civilians. The stats dont say what defines a ‘civilian,’ other than it excludes military personnel. Some would define law enforcement, congressmen, and the judiciary as non-civilian.

US Military currently has:
1,473,900 Active duty personnel
1,458,500 Reservist personnel (excluding IRR)

That adds up to
5,623,400 civilian and military employees of the federal government.

There are other factors — like those indirectly in the employ of the federal government, and those omissions previously mentioned.

If I had to guess — i’d say the actual number was closer to 6 -6.5 million.


13 posted on 04/07/2010 8:56:16 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cradle of freedom

A better question might be: When did the US government become the nation’s largest employer? Must have been 150 years ago.


14 posted on 04/07/2010 8:56:39 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Cicero

I wonder if U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management employees are included in those numers, they comprise 40% of employed workers in my area.


15 posted on 04/07/2010 9:00:52 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Last I heard, about 305 million, not counting the illegals.


16 posted on 04/07/2010 9:02:15 PM PDT by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: cradle of freedom

What an opportunity to rant about the census.

Our zip code changed in circa 2002 depending on which entity one wants to rely on.

We have received 2 threatening postcards from the feds saying we have to comply.

We have not got our census, nor has anyone in a huge hunk our township, as the addresses are wrong.

They were dumped at the old post office ZIP and were NOT forwarded.

(Insert government)

Just waiting for the idiot to show up on our front door -


17 posted on 04/07/2010 9:06:18 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: cradle of freedom

BLS: Table B-1. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by industry sector and selected industry detail

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t17.htm


18 posted on 04/07/2010 9:07:55 PM PDT by luckybogey
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To: cradle of freedom

Too many. By a large margin...


19 posted on 04/07/2010 9:08:19 PM PDT by Dead Corpse (III, Oathkeeper)
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To: cradle of freedom

2,000,456,876,987,564,666,000


20 posted on 04/07/2010 9:09:41 PM PDT by my small voice (A biased media and an uneducated public is the biggest threat to our democracy)
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To: cradle of freedom

Not enough to collaspe it, yet. Although, the tipping point has been achieved.


21 posted on 04/07/2010 9:19:07 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: cradle of freedom
How many people work for the federal government?

As many as can be cajoled by their supervisors to keep those contractors busy!

22 posted on 04/07/2010 9:25:32 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: cradle of freedom

Less than 30%


23 posted on 04/07/2010 9:27:05 PM PDT by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: cradle of freedom

Based on this we can make a prediction:

3rd largest workforce in the world: UK National Health Service (Chinese Army is #1)


24 posted on 04/07/2010 9:28:43 PM PDT by donna (SarahPAC has donated money to...(wait for it)...Lindsey Graham!)
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To: quantim

I’ve received two census forms, correctly addressed to me. I filled them out and mailed them back the day I got them. No postage required (I checked!)

I still got a threatening letter!

I think everybody does.


25 posted on 04/07/2010 9:29:30 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: quantim

I’ve received two census forms, correctly addressed to me. I filled them out and mailed them back the day I got them. No postage required (I checked!)

I still got a threatening letter!

I think everybody does.


26 posted on 04/07/2010 9:29:31 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Rembrandt
Last I heard, about 305 million, not counting the illegals

Winnah!

27 posted on 04/07/2010 9:30:53 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: RedHeeler

It is about to tip over like Guam.


28 posted on 04/07/2010 9:54:35 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: UnwashedPeasant

Good optimism. Thanks.


29 posted on 04/07/2010 10:02:14 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: cradle of freedom

It’s also important to count all the people who are employed full time by subcontractors who only do work for the federal government. There are many of these outfits.


30 posted on 04/07/2010 10:05:44 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Cicero

Did that include postal workers? Most websites I came across did not include them in federal worker in their totals.


31 posted on 04/07/2010 10:14:13 PM PDT by MamaDearest
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To: cradle of freedom

A better question: how do we reduce that number? Here’s how: http://pushbackuntil.com. We have to quit giving them so much money (or allowing them to borrow it)!


32 posted on 04/07/2010 10:17:38 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: Joann37

true and they need to be reminded that they work for the people of this country...not some invisable syndicate.


33 posted on 04/07/2010 10:30:38 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: cradle of freedom
Nearly 21 million, federal (4,252,515, including military) and state & local (16,709,053) employees, out of 139 million in the "civilian non-farm workforce". 26 million of the civilian workforce aren't working (15 million of them "officially" unemployed). That leaves 92 million employed non-government workers. There are 110 million tax payers.
34 posted on 04/07/2010 10:36:05 PM PDT by Tellurian
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To: MamaDearest

Postal employee pay comes from the sale of postage, and mailings, not from taxes collected by the federal gov’t like all other federal employees. It’s classed as a semi-private business. Still as successful as thes other semi-private concerns - Freddie Mac and Fannie May. /sarc


35 posted on 04/07/2010 11:19:33 PM PDT by pacpam (action=consequence and applies in all cases - friend of victory)
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To: MamaDearest

Yes, he added in 656,000 postal workers. Technically they no longer are government workers, but I don’t know what else they would be.


36 posted on 04/08/2010 7:55:57 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: cradle of freedom

how many work .. or maybe more appropriately, how many get paid by the Gubamint?


37 posted on 04/08/2010 10:23:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: DennisR

*How do we reduce the number?*

What departments of the federal government should be totally abolished?


38 posted on 04/08/2010 11:17:56 AM PDT by cradle of freedom (Long live the Republic !)
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To: cradle of freedom

Start with the Department of Education - fire them all. The Federal government has no business being in that business. Leave it to the states.


39 posted on 04/08/2010 8:59:26 PM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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