Federal workforce numbers drop as fewer workers are hired

Federal workforce numbers drop as fewer workers are hired

Federal hiring has dropped every year since 2009, with less than 90,000 people hired in fiscal year 2012, according to data compiled by the Partnership for Public Service. The entire federal workforce nationwide is about 2.1 million people. About 15 percent of those – 315,000 people – live and work in the Washington area.

The number hired last year nationwide was down a whopping 37 percent from three years earlier. More than 42 percent of new hires were younger than 35. But the new hires are more likely to have an advanced degree.

Our area grabbed the lions share of new hires nationally, with 10.8 percent in Virginia, 9 percent in DC and 5.8 percent in Maryland.

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