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After a decade of growth, the number of federal employees has begun a slight decline. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows 63,000 fewer feds on the government's payroll today than there were a year ago. Federal News Radio's Web Manager Julia Ziegler joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss what this means for agencies as they try to complete their missions.
The health IT industry is booming and that means so are jobs in that arena. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of medical records technicians is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2012 and 2022.
The report found federal employees work on average of 38.7 hours a week, compared with 41.4 hours per week in the private sector. That difference adds up to 3.8 fewer weeks per year feds work.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2011 federal employees' paychecks increased by 1.3 percent compared to a 1.2 percent increase in the private sector.
New jobs can't be created in the federal government as things stand.
Union membership has declined across the board in 2010 despite a substantial rise in public sector union workers compared to their private sector counterparts.
Learn more about how many people are working for the government, and how many aren't from Christopher Goodman, an economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
GovExec reports on a Bureau of Labor Statistics report that federal employees are paid an average of 24 percent less than their private sector counterparts.
The issues surrounding pay and benefits for federal employees continues to be a controversial one. The Cato Institute weighs in today, saying comparing salaries between the public and private sectors needs to be done by an independent and impartial organization -- and the way the federal pay gap is calculated should be updated.