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Government workers have longer tenures than private-sector employees, statistics show

By Eric Yoder

By The Post's Eric Yoder:

Government workers in general, and federal workers in particular, tend to have longer tenure with their employers than do private-sector workers, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released this week.

The median number of years that wage and salary workers have been with their current employer -- the point at which half of workers had more tenure and half had less -- is now 4.0 years for private-sector workers, up from 3.6 years in 2008. The agency attributed that increase in part to "relatively large job losses among less-senior workers in the most recent recession."

The comparable figure for federal employees, in contrast, is 7.9 years, while it's 6.4 years and 7.5 years, respectively, for state and local government employees. "The longer tenure among workers in the public sector is explained, in part, by the age profile of government workers. Seventy-four percent of government workers were ages 35 and over, compared with 62 percent of private wage and salary workers," BLS said.

Median tenure for federal employees dropped from 9.9 years since 2008, a decline BLS did not explain but that might be related to the government's recent relatively high rate of retirements among older employees and the hiring of replacements.

By Eric Yoder  | September 16, 2010; 12:22 PM ET
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really? people who cannot be fired tend to stay with their employers longer?


Posted by: jiji1 | September 16, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Everyone would like to have a job that you can't be fired from. Just like everyone in the military that retires would like to get 50% of their pay. The truth is that when spreading the word around the room by mouth, by the time it reaches the last person the truth has been changed and something has been left out. It's not 50% of your pay, it's 50% of your base pay. Government employees get fired all the time. We just have to use due process to fire an employee. To learn about how government employees get fired everyday subscribe to CYBERFEDS on-line and you will be able to talk from truth not rumor. No, a government supervisor can't just come to work one day and fire an employee without due process. However, private sector employees don't go through the process of a federal background check, which consist of criminal and credit check. jiji1 get educated before you just spread the half-truths that you here from those that don't know.

Posted by: CGFRANK | September 20, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

enlighten us, oh spammer troll, on what it takes to fire a federal employee. Simply asserting that it can happen sometimes doesn't make your assertions anything other than half-lies

Posted by: jiji1 | September 20, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

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