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Despite recovery, U.S. public employees face more layoffs
Reuters ^ | 4/08/12 | Lisa Lambert

Posted on 04/08/2012 5:24:33 AM PDT by Libloather

Despite recovery, U.S. public employees face more layoffs
By Lisa Lambert
Sun Apr 8, 2012 7:13am EDT

(Reuters) - Since 2009, the city of Chesapeake, tucked up against the Great Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia, has cut its workforce twice. This summer, nearly three years after the recession ended, the city of 222,209 has plans for a third round of layoffs.

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State and local governments for a time were able to shield public safety and education workforces from harmful cuts as the recession deepened. The 2009 federal stimulus fund helped offset lost tax revenue, but that money is gone.

Now, many cities and counties nationwide are facing the same dilemma as Chesapeake. Squeezed by depressed property tax revenues and cuts in state aid, they are chipping away at their workforces.

The result? The last three years of job losses at the state and local government level has been the most dramatic since Labor Department records began in 1955, according to a Reuters analysis.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: employees; layoffs; public; recovery
"We're not seeing the recovery we want to see,"

Maybe because there isn't one?

1 posted on 04/08/2012 5:24:40 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
The last three years of job losses at the state and local government level has been the most dramatic since Labor Department records began in 1955, according to a Reuters analysis.

Finally...

2 posted on 04/08/2012 5:26:18 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Libloather

why assert the existence of a recovery if there isn’t one?


3 posted on 04/08/2012 5:26:51 AM PDT by Principled
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To: Libloather

I did my first solo flight at the Chesapeake Regional Airport.


4 posted on 04/08/2012 5:27:30 AM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Libloather

What recovery?


5 posted on 04/08/2012 5:32:15 AM PDT by sport
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To: Libloather

Local and state governments ought to be as big or small as their respective population demands.

I applaud, with great enthusiasm, the destruction of the octopus-like FEDERAL bureaucracy. Annihilate it. Yesterday.


6 posted on 04/08/2012 5:32:50 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Libloather

“Maybe because there isn’t one?”

True. The recovery is a hopeful wish of Obama and his propaganda mouthpieces in the media. The latest unemployment figures showed a drop in the unemployment rate due to manipulation (reduction) of the employment base, not real gains. It seems almost every “positive” number is the result of contrived statistics, not real economic activity.

Hopefully most American voters are smart enough to judge the economy by their eyes and not listen to the lies of government and the media. Look at the empty storefronts and boarded up factories. Walk through any major store (Kohl’s, JC Penney, Macy’s, Wal-Mart) and count the few products made in the USA — millions of US manufacturing jobs lost due to the free trade policies of both parties. Look at the $4.00 per gallon + price of gasoline. Look at rapidly escalating prices in the supermarket, three to 4 times the government claimed inflation rate. Look at the pitiful 1% or less return on savings at the bank. Look at the fading for sale signs in the neighborhood as well as the number of real estate “price reduced” and “short sale” ads on Craig’s list. How many neighbors in their 50’s and 60’s have lost their job and “retired’ early due to lack of jobs? When was the last time you saw a major new employer move to your town? When was the last time you got a raise at work?

If the economy is so good, why hasn’t the government sold its shares in General Motors — can it be the company still can’t stand on its own? Why aren’t the food stamp rolls declining? If hiring is robust, why is the deficit still increasing — shouldn’t the tax revenues from all the new jobs be reducing the deficit?


7 posted on 04/08/2012 5:47:52 AM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: Libloather
This summer, nearly three years after the recession ended...

Bwaah haa haa! Since when has the recession ended?

Since when is trimming public employees a bad thing? I don't know of a single government entity that couldn't use a little trimming. When it comes to our bloated, overbearing federal government the trimming could be done with an axe.

8 posted on 04/08/2012 5:48:58 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obama now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Really; trumpeting false news about the demise of the recession doesn’t make it so. Here in NJ we’ve already laid off a bunch of cops, firemen, and (mostly untenured) teachers; the bleeding isn’t finished, either.


9 posted on 04/08/2012 6:22:14 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Libloather

Its their own benefits packages that are doing them in. The cost of pensions (especially) make it harder and harder to keep them employed.


10 posted on 04/08/2012 6:23:45 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: ThunderSleeps

You nailed it.
Cut every agency of government by 5 percent.
Do it again.


11 posted on 04/08/2012 6:32:30 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Beware the Sweater Vest)
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To: Libloather
dead wood is dead wood... at least 15% of government jobs are prolly patronage jobs to start with
12 posted on 04/08/2012 6:38:38 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Libloather

We need to lay off about two thirds of all public employees.
Including teachers, cops and a whole passel of politicians


13 posted on 04/08/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Libloather

This is purwe BS.

Publci employees are the biggest eaters at the trough and have swelled their ranks tremendously under Obama.

Paying for this group’s benefits including pension is second only to SSA and Medicare in the burden placed upon our country’s finances.


14 posted on 04/08/2012 6:45:07 AM PDT by bestintxas (Somewhere in Kenya, a Village is missing its Idiot.)
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To: Libloather

DESPITE THE LIES OF THE LEFT... AMERICANS KNOW THAT WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION.

LLS


15 posted on 04/08/2012 6:57:49 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES! (accept only the original))
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To: Libloather

Wonder how long it takes them to find out Obama’s presto changeo gig isn’t working?.


16 posted on 04/08/2012 8:18:40 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: Principled
why assert the existence of a recovery if there isn’t one?

I like riddles. Lemme see...

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Because the lefty media is a campaign arm of Obama 2012?

17 posted on 04/08/2012 8:52:39 AM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: AAABEST

Really? Can you name any govt department that shouldn’t be cut 25% immediately? They are all pigs at ghr trough. Fire them.


18 posted on 04/08/2012 9:36:38 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: ogen hal

Department of Defense


19 posted on 04/08/2012 11:26:41 AM PDT by USAF80
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To: ThunderSleeps
When it comes to our bloated, overbearing federal government the trimming could be done with an axe.

I couldn't agree more! I worked for government. When they were forced to do obligatory cuts, it was cutting of open positions and targetting of whistle-blowers etc. The wasteful employees were always retained - people not contributing but kissing butt to others. Private employers cut whole sections and divisions to cut costs, and it works.

20 posted on 04/08/2012 11:54:30 AM PDT by roadcat
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To: roadcat

They are cutting now. They are still cutting open positions. They are not really targeting anyone that I know. There is not that much whistle blowing. Some fields have been eliminated.


21 posted on 04/08/2012 12:24:51 PM PDT by USAF80
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To: USAF80

Having served in the USMC for 4 years I’d say that there are a few inefficiencies in the defends as well.


22 posted on 04/09/2012 6:54:48 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: USAF80

Having served in the USMC for 4 years I’d say that there are a few inefficiencies in the defense as well.


23 posted on 04/09/2012 6:55:19 AM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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