Government jobs have grown in 20 states since the start of the recession.
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There were about 600 more federal, state and local government employees in Kansas in January 2012 than four years before, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Kansas was one of 20 states to add government jobs from January 2008 to January 2012, though its gain was the smallest in terms of raw numbers.
In terms of percentage increase, Kansas’s gain was the second smallest. The state’s government employment grew by 0.23 percent.
Data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia is available in a sortable database by On Numbers, a blog affiliated with the Wichita Business Journal.
Maryland led the nation with a four-year increase of 26,400 government jobs, followed by Virginia (up 25,100) and the District of Columbia (up 11,900).
California has experienced the biggest decline since the onset of the recession, shedding 126,300 federal, state and local government jobs.
On the private-sector side, Kansas lost 38,000 jobs from January 2008 to January 2012, a decline of 3.36 percent.
The only states to add private-sector jobs during the four-year period were Texas, North Dakota, Louisiana and Alaska. The District of Columbia also added jobs.
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