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Has anyone seen a good article about the relative safety of government and private sector jobs in the recent economic umpleasantness?  I found on for the United Kingdom indicating, "The number of people signing on for unemployment benefits rose by 138,000 last month - the fastest rate since 1971. Meanwhile, jobs and pay are still rising in the public sector." 

I assume that the situation is similar in the U.S., as this graph suggests, but don't recall any good stories.  A cynic would say that the stimulus package was designed primarily to save the jobs of unionized, government eployees.   But how sustainable can that model be?

P.S. Is this connected to the he-session, as some are starting to call it.  Men are more likely to have lost their jobs of late than have women.

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Here in DC the word of mouth advice to jobseekers is to apply for a government position. But that has always been true here. With the greater decline in manufacturing jobs, men are more likely to be affected.

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