Budget Cuts Squelch Hiring

April 29, 2013

Hiring in the federal government has dropped by a third over the past three years as budget cuts have taken their toll.

And experts fear the collapse in federal hiring could lead to serious gaps in the workforce, hurting the government’s ability to accomplish its mission in the coming years.

Federal hiring of employees from outside the government increased steadily between fiscal 2005 and 2009, when it peaked at 309,162. But since then, hiring has plunged, hitting an eight-year low of 205,457 last year.

Several major agencies cut their hiring by one-third to one-half in 2012 alone.

Hiring freezes brought on by the sequester mean this year will be no different.

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