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Job Market Paradox: States Got a Record Rescue But Aren’t Hiring

June 4, 2021, 3:35 PM

In making the case for its $350 billion lifeline to U.S. states and cities, President Joe Biden’s administration emphasized a key figure: Over one million government jobs were lost during the pandemic -- and the money would help bring them back.

On Friday, the jobs report showed there’s still a long way to go to reach that goal.

While state and local governments added about 78,000 jobs to their payrolls in May, it was driven exclusively by schools, which have been bringing workers back as they reopen for in-person learning.

Outside of education, they actually cut employment, leaving overall ...

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