The Shrinking Federal Workforce, In One Chart

The federal government lost 10,000 jobs last month, and that is just the latest in a series of losses over the past two years. Sequestration and other budget cuts have forced civilian agencies to scale back -- or in some cases freeze -- their hiring. 

The following chart shows how much federal employment has fallen in the past 24 months. It does not include U.S. Postal Service employees. 

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