Government is not getting bigger

For all those who think that government under Obama is growing out of control there is this from Menzie Chinn.

Chinn adds a breakdown of federal, state, and local employment:

Figure 3: Federal (blue), state (red), local ex.-educ. (green) and local-education (purple) employment, seasonally adjusted, in thousands (FRED II series PAYEMS), all series seasonally adjusted. Source: BLS CES data via John Eckstein, and FRED II, and author's calculations.

Note the census ticks every 10 years.  Also note that the federal government has not grown significantly since the 70s.  So much for an out-of-control, ballooning federal government.

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