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More than 60,000 federal jobs lost: Which states were hit the hardest?

Over the last three years—from December 2010 to December 2013—the federal government has lost more than 61,400 jobs as sequestration, congressional budget cuts and hiring freezes took its tool on the federal workforce. Some federal employees left on waves of buyouts or early retirement offerings as well.

But the job losses did not hit every state equally. From coast to coast most states lost federal employees, but some states actually gained federal jobs over the years, according to data from the Office of Personnel Management.

John Palguta, vice president for policy at Partnership for Public Service, said the data shows the federal workforce is a geographically diverse workforce spread out across the country and that job losses over the year affected every part of the nation.

“Whatever impacts government impacts the back yards of many people. That should reinforce that government is everywhere in a good way,” Palguta said.

The government has been hit hard by congressional budget cuts and the recession and that means that is has been unable to hire people and in many cases had to reduce its workforce and cut back on services to taxpayers, Palguta said.

The states and areas that have lost the most federal employees include Washington, D.C., California and Pennsylvania, while Maryland gained more than 4,000 jobs over the three years. Most of those gains came from the Defense Department as the department moved thousands of employees into new facilities because of the base realignment and closure processes.

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