My question is in relation to public employees and unemployment figures.
I seem to recall that I learned years ago that public employees (people employed by government agencies) are not counted in employment or unemployment statistics. Since they are paid by tax dollars, they are not deemed to be productive in the same sense as private-sector employees are.
The scenario that prompts my question: Right now, some are predicting that as many 100,000 public school teachers in Texas will lose their jobs due to the state’s financial situation. This being GQ, I do not mean to debate the wisdom of this or the accuracy of the number. However, I am struck by how the party who screams “jobs, jobs, JOBS!” is not the least concerned that so many people will be out of work. Is it possible that they lack concern because it will come at no political cost? These 100K public employees can all become jobless, but it will not impact Texas’ published unemployment rates because, being public employees, they are not included in economic statistics.
Without being political, is my concept accurate? If 100K public employees become jobless (for whatever reason), will it affect unemployment statistics?