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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Year-over-year Change in Public and Private Payroll Employment

by Calculated Risk on 3/17/2012 11:11:00 PM

Jon Lansner at the O.C. Register wrote about looking at year-over-year changes:

Forget the debate about the true oomph of February's 227,000 job gain from January.

Look at this same data on a year-over-year basis! What do you learn?

American bosses added 2.021 million jobs in the year ended in February. That's a 1.5 percent job growth pace. It's the fastest bout of hiring since January 2007.
That requires a graph! Instead of just looking at the year-over-year increase in total nonfarm payrolls, I divided the data into changes in private and public payrolls.

YoY Change in Payrolls Click on graph for larger image.

The red line is the year-over-year changes for private payrolls; the blue line is for public payrolls.

Whereas total payrolls are up 1.5 percent, private payrolls are up 2.0% year-over-year, the fastest rate of increase since early 2006.

However public payrolls are down 1.0%, and public payrolls have been falling since mid-2009 with the exception of the decennial Census hiring (note the spike every 10 years in public hiring).

Note: It looks likely that the decline in public payrolls will end mid-year 2012 (the year-over-year change will hit zero some time later).

Summary for Week ending March 16th
Schedule for Week of March 18th