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    Keep in mind, though, that the report Lulu linked to is private-sector job growth - which actually gives us a better insight into economic conditions, since public-sector hiring and firing is more influenced by politics than by economic reality.

    With Republicans at the Federal level playing brinksmanship with the debt ceiling, withdrawing support for trade agreements they once backed and GOP-run state legislatures slashing jobs at record levels (MN 23,000), it's clear that the coordinated efforts of GOP policy makers are undermining economic growth.

    State, local layoffs to hit record levels

    State and local government employment has been a drag on the economy all year, averaging a loss of 23,000 jobs a month over the past three months. Meanwhile, the private sector has created an average of 180,000 a month during the same period.

    In May, public employment shrunk by 29,000 jobs, mostly at the state and local level, while businesses created 83,000 jobs, the Labor Department reported Friday. All told, the sector has lost 510,000 positions since its peak in August 2008.

    They're layoffs are trending upward, while private sector layoffs are trending downward.

    The government and non-profit sector continues to dominate monthly job-cut announcements, with these employers reporting 14,755 in May or nearly 40 percent of all job cuts announced during the month. The May total was up 37 percent from April’s 10,371,

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    This President has to create job growth that outpaces the layoff trend fueled by mostly GOP state legislatures.

    “The only thing that happens in an instant is destruction... but everything else requires time." - First Lady Michelle Obama

    by FiredUpInCA on Thu Jul 07, 2011 at 12:00:59 PM PDT

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