Government Job Losses A Growing Drag On Recovery

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government job losses

By Tom Raum

WASHINGTON -- Conservative Republicans have long clamored for government downsizing. They're starting to get it -- by default.

Crippled by plunging tax revenues, state and local governments have shed over a half million jobs since the recession began in December 2007. And, after adding jobs early in the downturn, the federal government is now cutting them as well.