Here’s a look at overall private sector employment during the Obama years:
The conservative argument about this is that the rebound hasn’t been sharper because of the over-reaching state. But as you can see we’ve actually had a sharp contraction in the number of people working for the government. This has been especially notable at the local level, where we’ve had large losses of teachers:
But let's cut to the first commenter, Peter Schaeffer:
This is cynical BS. MattY is cherry picking the data to produce a conclusion he finds expedient. In real life the fall in private sector jobs has been considerably greater than public sector jobs. Moreover, public sector jobs grew much faster in the run up to the crash.
A few more pictures will tell that story. Here is private sector employment from January 2000:
Private employment peaked at the start of the recession (Concidence? I think not!) with roughly half the job losses occuring before Obama took office; the employment figure eventually plunged to a level not seen since the 90's and has since climbed back to the level of early 2004. But what about the public sector (excluding the Federal government)?
State and local government had more employees at the end of the recession than they did at the start (as was also true in the 2001 recession), so all of the local government job losses occured under Obama; the decline so far has been to a level seen in 2005.
I understand that Democrats want to throw a bone to their public sector union supporters, but the real job problem is in the private sector.