Report: Federal Sector Shows 39 Percent Decline in Hiring Since 2009

OfficeThe Partnership for Public Service has released data showing the federal government hired 89,689 new workers last fiscal year, a 39 percent decline since 2009, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jack Moore writes the group said the U.S. has 2.1 million federal workers or about the same employment rate it recorded in 2009.

Twenty-six out of 39 federal agencies recruited fewer people in fiscal 2012 than they did in fiscal 2011, according to PPS data obtained by the radio station.

More than 77 percent of newly hired employees stepped into roles within the departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the report notes

Data also indicate more than 100,000 staff left federal service last fiscal year, Moore reports.

He added that more than 42 percent of new hires in fiscal 2012 were under the age of 35, while that same age-cohort makes up a little less than 18 percent of the total federal workforce.

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