As you can see, in the last few months, the defense-sensitive industries have been shedding jobs, while the rest of the country’s employers have been adding jobs over all. The trends for the previous months are noisy, but if you smooth them out, it looks as if the defense-sensitive industries and the other industries were both doing about equally well, with the exception of a huge downward spike in employment in the defense-sensitive industries around the time of the summer 2011 debt ceiling crisis.That's private-sector industries dependent on government, specifically defense, money. Government workers are also hurting, as you'd expect. In June 2011, there were 55,000 federal workers who wanted to be working full-time but were stuck at part-time. In June 2012, the number was 58,000. This year, 148,000 federal workers who wanted full-time work couldn't get the hours.
Sequestration is hurting the private sector. It's hurting the public sector. Republicans chose this over closing some corporate tax loopholes.