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State and local governments continue to hire despite drop in private-sector jobs

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5 2012 9:55 a.m. MST

Job seekers line up outside Madison Square Garden for a job fair in New York in 2009. According to Gallup, state and local hiring is up despite the fact that private-sector hiring is down.

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Despite a drop of 86,000 job openings for private-sector employers, state and local government hiring is still increasing, according to a study by Gallup.

Federal government hiring remains net negative, but state and local government hiring became positive recently. In November, state and local government shifted to the same Gallup U.S. Job Creation Index of plus-8.

Overall, the Job Creation Index changed little, moving from plus-19 in October to plus-18 in November.

During the month, 34 percent of U.S. adult workers reported their employers are hiring and expanding while only 16 percent said their employers are reducing their workforces.

"How much those changes reflect real economic forces versus psychological uncertainty about the economy and the political environment prior to the election is unknown," Lydia Saad said in her post on Gallup.

Previously, those two numbers hit a low in early 2009 when 23 percent said their employers were expanding and 28 percent were letting go workers.

EMAIL: alovell@deseretnews.com

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