State, Local Governments Shed 200,000 Jobs in 2010

State and local governments across the country cut more than 200,000 jobs in 2010, according to Census data released today. It was the second consecutive year that state and local governments have shed jobs, putting a further crunch on economic recovery efforts, and the trends are continuing into 2011, as analysts expect Friday’s jobs report to show another 30,000 public sector job losses in August (on top of about 100,000 jobs lost in the last three months). As one analyst told Reuters, “We are looking at the worst contraction of state and local government employment since 1981.”