In fact, according to the state's own Department of Employment and Economic Development, public sector employment growth was essentially flat between 2001 and 2005. And that may help to account for Minnesota's relatively anemic showing in job creation.
The lag in public sector employment, due to job cuts in cities, counties, and schools, is one major reason for that overall employment weakness. According to state employment data, Minnesota’s private sector has produced about 118,000 jobs since Pawlenty took office in January 2003. That’s a rate of job growth that’s on par with the rest of the nation, according to DEED.
Where the state has lagged significantly is in the public sector, which comprises about 15 percent of the state’s workforce. “Minnesota’s public sector employment was up 0.8 percent over the four years between March 2001 and March 2005 compared to a 3.8 percent gain nationally,” according to DEED labor market analyst Dave Senf.
“Minnesota’s recent employment growth would have been on par with the nation’s, rather than slightly below it, if the state’s public sector employment growth had kept up with the nation’s public employment growth,” concluded Senf.
The propaganda says if we hold down public employment, we stimulate private job growth. The facts say otherwise.