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Spotlight: Education work force declines but remains large

Education employees account for more than half of state and local government workers nationwide, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. State and local governments had the equivalent of 8.9 million full-time education workers in 2008, or 53 percent of their total work force, up slightly from 8.8 million in 2007. New York had the equivalent of 555,510 full-time education employees in 2008-45 percent of the total state and local government work force. However, New York’s state and local education personnel decreased by 14,000 or 2.5 percent from 2007. Other states in the Northeast also had reductions in state and local government education workers. New Jersey deceased its full-time equivalent education personnel by 1.1 percent-nearly 3,000 people-and Massachusetts’ education work force dropped 0.9 percent.

-Julia Dickinson

10/30/09 (c) 2009 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.


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