Local, State Governments Have Laid Off 668,000 Workers Since Start Of Great Recession

America has lost 668,000 local and state government jobs since the beginning of the recession, more than in any modern economic downturn, according to analysis from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government. The losses occurred as state tax revenues shrunk, and at the end of 2011, 36 states’ revenues were still lower than before the recession. The effects of those job losses have been felt across the nation by cities like San Jose, California, which has cut nearly 1,600 jobs in the last four years. As a result, public safety forces are smaller, police have stopped responding to burglary alarms, wages and pensions have been cut, and common services are increasingly unavailable.