Depressing Milestone

This was forwarded from my brother James over at The Four Part Land, certainly a depressing milestone and a sign that we are headed in the wrong direction:

Government Jobs Have Overtaken Goods-Producing Jobs [Stephen Spruiell]

Goods-producing jobs — the blue line — include construction, manufacturing, mining and agriculture:

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Of course, the goods-producing sectors have achieved large leaps in productivity (increasing output with fewer workers) over the same time frame. We don't have good statistics on public-sector productivity, but the federal government certainly doesn't seem to be doing more with less.

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