In Wichita, private sector employment lags behind government


Recently Kansas Policy Institute looked at the growth of employment in the private sector versus governments. The finding is that government employment is growing much faster than private sector employment.

In its blog post that presented results, KPI concluded “A heftier tax burden must be carried by each private sector employee to support the growing local public sector.”

I looked at the employment statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics independently, going back a little farther in time than did KPI. The results are the same: Private sector employment over the last 20 years in the Wichita area has grown much slower than total government employment. Private sector employment has also grown slower than any sector of government employment: federal, state, or local.

The figures in the chart presented below are based on an index, where the 1990 value is equal to 100.

Employment growth in the Wichita area.


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