People keep telling me “I want big government to be smaller”, “I don’t want big government sticking their nose in everything I do”.
It made me wonder ask how big has our Federal gotten over the years. I assumed the ratio of population to government employees would be a steady increase, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found, big government is not all that big.
A quick google search brought up the chart below.
Makes me now wonder what exactly are they all complaining about?
Federal Government Employment Levels Through the Years (including the U.S. Postal Service)
|Executive Branch civilians||Total U.S. population||Executive Branch employees per 1,000 population|
|1962 (Kennedy)||2.48 million||186.5 million||13.3|
|1964 (Johnson)||2.47 million||191.8 million||12.9|
|1970 (Nixon)||2.94 million*||205 million||14.4|
|1975 (Ford)||2.84 million||215.9 million||13.2|
|1978 (Carter)||2.87 million||222.5 million||12.9|
|1982 (Reagan)||2.77 million||232.1 million||11.9|
|1990 (Bush)||3.06 million*||249.6 million||12.3|
|1994 (Clinton)||2.9 million||263.1 million||11.1|
|2002 (Bush)||2.63 million||287.8 million||9.1|
|2010 (Obama)||2.65 million+||310.3 million+||8.4+|
SOURCE: Office of Management and Budget. *= Figure includes temporary Census Bureau workers. += Estimates by OMB and U.S. Census Bureau.