Government is not getting bigger

The number of people employed by the federal government continues to decrease (the full table is here):

The federal government continued shedding jobs last month, losing another 2,000 workers for a total decline of nearly 80,000 employees in 2013, according to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

The shrinkage in the federal workforce last year contrasts with consistent growth in the private sector, which showed an increase of 2.2 million new jobs for the year, including 87,000 new positions in December.

and yet many conservatives continue to say that the size of government is exploding under President Obama. By the way, f we’re trying to improve the economy we should not be reducing the number of government jobs, so Republicans are wrong in two ways.

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