Government Employment

Archive Report

Civil Service in the Defense Effort

Government Industry Competition for Workers

Addition of many thousands of workers to the federal payroll since the outbreak of war in Korea has swelled the ranks of civilian government employees to two and one-half million and made the federal government a keen competitor of private industry in the labor market. Although the number of federal workers still is a million short of the peak attained in World War II, the total is continuing to rise.

Competition with private employers to obtain the services of persons with specialized skills is bound to increase as the rearmament program proceeds. But federal personnel demands already exercise a major influence in the labor market as a whole.1 The government now employs 4 per cent of ...

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