With the Census Department in the process of laying off about half a million people, combined with the coming job cuts from state and local governments, its hard to see how this economy is going to add any net jobs for the rest of the year.
The report, a result of a survey by the National League of Cities, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Association of Counties, showed local governments are moving to cut the equivalent of 8.6 percent of their workforces from 2009 to 2011. That suggests 481,000 employees will lose their jobs, according to the report, which said the tally may yet rise.
“Local governments across the country are now facing the combined impact of decreased tax revenues, a falloff in state and federal aid and increased demand for social services,” said the study, which was released in Washington today.
State and local governments have already cut about 200,000 jobs, as well as cut their overall spending by 3.8%, since the recession has started.