Skip to comments.Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar
Posted on 06/03/2020 10:32:17 PM PDT by fluorescence
Nearly a million jobs were lost in the public sector in April. Services are needed more than ever, but the resources to provide them are vanishing. A survey by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that furloughs and layoffs are hitting cities of all sizes, with the rates rising in proportion to the size of the populations. Almost 60 percent of municipalities above 500,000 population will furlough employees and nearly half will have to lay them off.
We usually see the private sector get laid off first, says Dalia Thornton, director of research and collective bargaining for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). We were shocked to see that huge number [1 million]. I would have expected that maybe in the third quarter of this year.
Even so, Thornton expects things to get worse. A recent analysis by the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research suggests that state and local governments could face budget shortfalls of nearly $1 trillion by the fourth quarter of 2021. Jurisdictions throughout the country are looking for the combination of austerity, ingenuity and federal aid that can get them through an unprecedented crisis in which public health and the economy are intertwined.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) has been tracking layoffs among its members, who employ 3.6 million people. Weve seen everything from counties laying off one percent of their workforce to over 25 percent, says Teryn Zmuda, chief economist for NACo. Of the counties that have furloughed workers, the average percentage of the workforce furloughed is 14 percent.
As local governments confront the gaps between their revenue projections and the troubling prospects for the new normal, payroll is one part of the budget where across-the-board cuts can be made quickly.
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What do I need from the gov’t other than road maintenance, Postal Service, miscreant lockups, Forest Service efforts [and, now at my age, SS]?
So under the new paradigm, will white workers volunteer to be laid off so black workers can keep their jobs?
Any who do not volunteer should be dismissed for racist conduct. It’s what they’d want.
“Almost 60 percent of municipalities above 500,000 population will furlough employees and nearly half will have to lay them off.”
Isn’t just about every city over 500K a blue city? This has the potential to be very entertaining.
Governing.com is a lefty publication, so take that into account.
Look for any department interfacing with the public to be cut. Lines at the DMV will be long. Getting a business permit will take weeks longer. Classroom sizes in public schools will get larger as teachers are cut while $200,000 per year administrators, who never see a classroom, are kept. Having a problem with your water bill, the garbage piling up in the street, or a recent tax return? Youll never get to talk to someone on the phone.
Police forces will be slashed, libraries, closed, and public parks left unmoved. Taxes and administrative fees will grow as will potholes in the streets.
The electorate will continue to vote for the Democrat machine and productive people will leave the dying cities. It happened to cities in the 1960s and 1970s. The lessons were forgotten so the pain will return.
Police, fire, ambulance, prisons.
Non corrupt workers.
The stock market begs to differ with this lefty publication.
Since Trump announced ending the lockdown, Nasdaq just closed at new all time high today. S and P has recovered most of the loss and now is 7% away from new all time high, while Dow has recovered also and is 8% away from high. Despite dems and media allies wanting to lock down the economy to blow up the market, they lost in trying to create a covid panic and are on to the next new shiny object in their identity politics wheelhouse, George Floyd.I dont think even Trump expected a market V shape recovery this strong and fast. Incredible V shape market recovery chart at link
Drain the swamp
We usually see the private sector get laid off first, says Dalia Thornton, director of research and collective bargaining for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Dalia, Why is the government experiencing a drop in revenue?
Government employees are so coddled, that even a 10% layoff is a tragedy; in the midst of a shut down that killed the jobs of a third of the nation.
In Michigan laid off state and local workers are only being furloughed for ONE day a week and they are STILL getting the FULL $600 a week supplemental unemployment.
They make it sound like a bad thing.
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