Those Underpaid Government Workers

Biggs, Andrew G.; Richwine, Jason
September 2010
American Spectator;Sep2010, Vol. 43 Issue 7, p28
The article examines the claim that America's government workers are underpaid. Noting a discrepancy in this claim is the fact that while 2.5 million jobs have been lost in the private sector, the U.S. government has increased by 416,000 jobs during the recession. While government workers argue that they are paid 22 percent less than their private sector counterparts, a comparison of salaries shows that federal employees earned a total annual compensation of 119,000 dollars in 2008 compared to 60,000 dollars by private workers.


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