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