Federal government biggest job loser in 1990s

January 31, 2001

The Federal government (excluding the Postal Service) lost the most jobs in the 1990s of any industry.

The 10 industries losing the most jobs over the 1989-99 period (in thousands)
[Chart data—TXT]

The number of civilian federal employees (other than postal workers) fell from 2,155,400 in 1989 to 1,796,100 in 1999—a loss of 359,300 jobs. The Department of Defense lost the most: 333,000 civilian workers.

Other industries with large declines in employment in the 1990s included savings institutions and aircraft and parts manufacturing.

These data are a product of the BLS Current Employment StatisticsProgram. Find out more in "Job Growth in the 1990s: a retrospect," by Julie Hatch and Angela Clinton, Monthly Labor Review, December 2000.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Federal government biggest job loser in 1990s on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/jan/wk5/art03.htm (visited September 25, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.