Whether you work in government or not, you probably have the impression that the federal workforce is expansive and complex. You're not wrong. But do you know just how many people and dollars it takes to keep the nation running?
Below are 25 facts and figures to give you a quantitative grasp on the size and scale of the federal workforce:
- 2,711,000 people comprise the federal workforce, excluding non-civilian military, according to the October 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) job report Tweet this
- 2.8% of federal employees identified themselves as LGBT in 2014, up from 2.2% in 2012, according to the OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Tweet this
Getting to Now
- 258,882 employees were added to the federal non-postal civilian workforce between 2004 and 2012, resulting in a 14% increase in total employees, according to a 2014 General Accountability Office (GAO) report Tweet this
- 3 agencies --the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs--accounted for 94% of the increase during that time Tweet this
- 86% of millennials in the federal government believe the work they do is important, according to the OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Tweet this
- 29% of federal employees teleworked to some extent in 2014, according to the OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Tweet this
- 1% increase in pay is expected for federal employees in 2015, unless Congress passes legislation to counteract President Obama's promise Tweet this
- 1.5% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be given to all federal retirees in 2015 Tweet this
Wonder what federal employees do all day? Well, they do a myriad of things. A growing job function--in fact the role most quickly expanding--in government is that of IT and cybersecurity. Check out our recent post of 23 Cybersecurity Facts and Figures for more stats on government operations.