From CBS News: "It's a Good Time to Work for Uncle Sam"
"There's little belt-tightening in evidence in Washington, D.C.: Counting benefits, the average pay per federal worker will leap from $72,800 in 2008 to $75,419 next year.Still, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that D.C. and all 21 jurisdictions surrounding it had a higher unemployment rate in March than a year ago:
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"Some of the Feds' hiring increases have been stunning. If you look at the four-year period from 2006 to 2010, the number of Homeland Security employees has grown by 22 percent, the Justice Department has increased by 15 percent, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission can claim 25 percent more employees. (These figures assume that Congress adopts Mr. Obama's 2010 budget without significant changes.)"
From the Washington Business Journal:
"The City of Fredericksburg had the highest unemployment rate in the area at 10 percent, followed by D.C. with a rate of 9.5 percent. Those two jurisdictions exceeded the unadjusted national rate of 9 percent unemployment in March. The remaining 20 jurisdictions were below the national rate.
Arlington County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 4.4 percent. Other Northern Virginia unemployment rates include Fairfax County at 4.7 percent, Loudoun County at 4.8 percent and Prince William at 5.7 percent."