2009 October 04 Sunday
Big US Government Jobs Hiring Binge

Government is a growth industry in the United States. It is a shame that it is a growth industry that doesn't create wealth.

A golden age of work for the government is just now dawning, according to a report released last week by the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, a group in Washington that promotes government employment. There are several reasons: cyclical turnover; fresh demand in areas such as homeland security and veterans affairs, driven by the post-9/11 terrorist threat and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the financial crisis, with the stimulus spending it has spurred.

Homeland security: We could make America substantially safer from terrorism if we just stopped granting most visas to people from Muslim countries?

By the fall of 2012, the Partnership estimates, the federal government will have hired 273,000 new workers for jobs the group calls "mission critical."

At least 12% of those jobs are costs of empire.

Because of the many U.S. soldiers returning from foreign wars, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be the most active employer, hiring 25,000 nurses and 8,500 doctors by 2012.

A lot of soldiers are coming back with long term health problems. More suffer brain damage than die. So we will be paying for Iraq and Afghanistan for decades to come.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2009 October 04 08:18 PM  Economics Government Costs

James Bowery said at October 4, 2009 9:49 PM:

The job function most in demand by government ads is to enhance "compliance".

not anon or anonymous said at October 4, 2009 10:16 PM:

Of course, the next problem is that many government workers are not the smartest available, so things will increasingly get fucked up, and words and phrases in foreign languages will be misspelled or just plain screwed up.

Wolf-Dog said at October 5, 2009 6:50 PM:

Obama is missing a historic golden opportunity to transform the government jobs from parasitism into growth industries. For instance, a government-sponsored science and engineering job creation system, starting with a new infrastructure to create charging pods in every street, for electric cars. A Manhattan project for electric cars and their batteries to be made in the US. All these things would cost a fraction of the money we have lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And the main step will be to create a government sponsored direct loan program for science and engineering companies that manufacture new things in the US. Just undercut the banks that are not lending to small new business ventures.

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