Unemployment: Public Sector 4.7%, Private Sector: 8.3%

The private sector struggles while the public sector thrives.  

These figures do not account for the fact that government workers earn 20% more for similar work, and that the unemployment rate in the public sector could have been far lower than 4.7% had their fellow public sector workers been willing to do novel things such as contribute a small percentage to their health insurance, forgo a year of cost-of-living pay increases or a year of automatic, performance-agnostic pay increases.

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