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Kevin R. Boston, Omaha

Omaha World-Herald – PUBLIC PULSE – Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Government is growing

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of unemployed increased by 434,000 to 7.8 million in March and the unemployment rate rose to 5.1 percent. Unemployment particularly increased in manufacturing and construction.

However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that government employment is increasing at all levels. A news story noted that from 2000 to 2007, public employees received a 16 percent average increase in compensation, compared with 11 percent for private-sector workers.

Thus, government employees seem immune to suffering in the emerging recession, while private employees are stretched to pay their taxes to subsidize these growing government bureaucracies.

Kevin R. Boston, Omaha

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