September 24, 2009

Federal jobs increase with stimulus funds

The size of the federal payroll has jumped by 25,000 workers since December 2008, while nearly 4 million private U.S. jobs were lost, government records show.

Critics of the $787 billion economic stimulus package passed in January say the spending has not impacted the intended target, as the unemployment rate has risen to 9.7 percent. However, the size of the government's civilian workforce has grown 1.3 percent since December, USA Today reported Thursday.

The only thing we have seen stimulated by this package has been the size of the federal government, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the top ranking Republican on the House oversight committee.

That's not an accurate portrayal, said John Berry, director of the government's Office of Personnel Management.

The stimulus money hasn't really gone to federal employees; it's gone out into the economy. There's no permanent increase in the size of the federal government from the stimulus money, Berry said.