Report: How Has the Recession Impacted Public vs Private Sector Workers?

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The Mercatus Center at George Mason University just released a study of Recession Compensation comparing what impact the economic downturn has had on public and private sector workers.

The chart compares percent changes in public and private worker compensation within each of the five largest sectors in the United States during the 12 months ending March 2010.


Taken together, these sectors employ over 65 million American workers. Across these sectors, compensation costs for private sector workers increased 1.78 percent during the period examined; public sector wages increased by 1.92 percent.

These trends are consistent with public-private compensation trends throughout the economy.

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