As reported by the New York Times, government employment is still 2.3 percent lower than when the recession began. According to the jobs report released by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics earlier this month,
Private-sector employment first exceeded its pre-recession jobs peak a few months ago, in March. Last month, the (nonfarm) private sector included 0.5 percent more jobs than in December 2007, when the recession began. The public sector remains well below its employment peak.
The Bureaus’ Mid-Atlantic Office also breaks down data by state and metropolitan area. In Maryland, government employment has increased since 2007, according to the Bureau’s data.