The Federal Government Grows While Private Industry Wilts

While the private economy has lost more than 3 million jobs in the last two years, the federal government has been adding jobs at a rate of nearly 10,000 a month.

Federal government employees earned average pay and benefits of $123,049. Contrast that with workers in the private sector who made $61,051. Studies show that a worker in private industry is three times more likely to be laid off than a federal civilian worker.

One article in USA Today reported that federal employees making salaries of $100,000 or more jumped from 14 percent to 19 percent during the recession’s first 18 months. The article concluded, “The trend to six-figure salaries is occurring throughout the federal government, in agencies big and small, high-tech and low-tech.”

The current administration seems determined to grow the federal government at the expense of the private economy. That affects families, which in turn affects their ability to give to churches and charities.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at worshipontheway.wordpress.com. Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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