WSJ: Proportion of Govt Workforce Younger Than 30 Drops to 8-Year Low

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 09:37 AM

By Dan Weil

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For young Americans, working for the federal government apparently isn't what it used to be.

People younger than 30 accounted for only 7 percent of the government workforce in 2013, an eight-year low and down from 19.1 percent in 1973, The Wall Street Journal reports. In the private sector, those younger than 30 make up 25 percent of the workforce.

Boosting the proportion of young workers is a "challenge," Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, the government's human-resources department, tells the paper.

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That's not a helpful trend for the government at a time when the technology revolution rages.

A 2013-14 survey of college undergraduates by consulting firm Universum shows that students have less desire to work for the federal government than they did four years ago, according to The Journal.

Only 2.4 percent of engineering students and 0.9 percent of business students cited the government as their top choice for an employer.

Fear of stifling bureaucracy and hierarchy in the government repels young adults, Paul Light, a professor of public policy at New York University, tells The Journal.

And baby boomers are keeping their government positions, restricting job openings, he explains.

The Labor Department reported last week that only 1,000 of May's 217,000 gain in non-farm payrolls came from the government.

"What's held the job market back? One huge factor has been government employment," writes Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider.

"The public sector (mostly concentrated at the state and local levels) has aggressively shed jobs during the Obama administration. That's a trend that never happened under recent Presidents."

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