Overall, the U.S. economy broke even, adding/losing zero jobs in August, but as has been the case for a long while, the most noticeable gap is between the public and private sectors. Businesses added 17,000 jobs in August, while 17,000 jobs were lost in the public sector at the same time, thanks to budget cuts at the state and local level.
Those are, by the way, budget cuts Republicans are desperate to bring to the federal level.
Keep in mind, the results are skewed a bit by the Verizon strike, which has since been resolved. When that’s taken into consideration, the private sector actually added 45,000 jobs in August.)
But even if the Verizon jobs are taken into consideration, the private-sector totals are still the weakest in over a year, and further evidence that the economy is in desperate need of a boost. It can’t get that boost, of course, because congressional Republicans refuse to consider anything other than austerity measures, which necessarily make unemployment worse.
Making matters slightly worse, the private-sector totals for June and July were also revised in the wrong direction.
And with that, here’s a different homemade chart, showing monthly job losses/gains in the private sector since the start of the Great Recession. The image makes a distinction — red columns point to monthly job totals under the Bush administration, while blue columns point to job totals under the Obama administration.