State and local government job losses will play out for a long time without substantial federal aid: Change in state and local government employment over the course of the Great Recession and recovery (thousands)

State and local job change (thousands)
Recession (Jan. 2008–June 2009) 142
First year of recovery (June 2009–June 2010) -215
Second year of recovery (June 2010–June 2011) -243
Third year of recovery (June 2011–June 2012) -198
June 2012–July 2013 trough -52

Source: EPI Analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics data.

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