Where are the Private Sector Jobs?
My new study was released today showing that over the last decade state government spending has soared by $2 billion–an whopping increase of 45 percent. As a result of this runaway spending, Maine’s government payrolls have expanded by 3,400 workers while the private sector has lost 13,000 jobs. To put it another way, for every new government job, the private sector lost 4 jobs. The job loss is so severe that there are now fewer Mainers employed in the private sector than a decade ago.