See anything different about public sector jobs during this administration? The economy isn't just sick, the GOP and their fellow travelers (Blue Dogs, Third Way, etc.) have actively choked out a recovery so that rich people can have more tax cuts. Austerity!
"[A]t the current point in the recovery from the 2001 recession, employment at all levels of government had increased by nearly 600,000 workers; in contrast, in the current recovery, government employment has declined by more than 700,000 jobs, a net difference of more than 1.3 million jobs."
Terrible policy in the service of boundless greed.