Originally Posted by gatorman_07732
It has nothing to do with or without postal workers. You're trying to create an argument where none exists. The point is the BLS as been caught cooking the numbers by making gov jobs appear as private sector jobs. The only people out there attempting to perpetuate this myth of reduction in federal jobs are far leftists such as thinkprogress and mediamatters. Not even CNN is going along with this because the reality if so obvious that Obama has created a ton of federal jobs.
But you just used BLS stats in your chart, just the ones excluding postal workers.
So since your concern is the accuracy of BLS numbers compared to OMB numbers lets try to make a more apples-to-apples comparison of the number.
There is still one difference that can't be separated out, which is that the BLS always counts legislative and judicial branch workers in addition to executive branch workers, while the OMB only counts executive.
So in December 2011, BLS stated that the federal government excluding the postal service had 2,197,000 workers, without seasonal adjustments. OMB gave a figure of 2,102,000 workers. Legislative and judicial branch employment appears to be approximately 70K. So that means that the OMB estimates would have federal government employment at approximately 2,172,000 while BLS estimates that number at 2,197,000, about a 25K person difference, or about 1% different (with the BLS estimates being higher). This could be due to one reporting intelligence agencies while the other does not (I have found some stats report intelligence agencies while others don't). But either way, it is somewhat interesting that I used the numbers that made federal employment look larger, not smaller.
In 2010, BLS reports 2,208,700 workers in the federal government excluding the postal service, while OMB reports 2,128,000. So assuming approximately 70K legislative/judicial employees (which is about average), we get 2,198,000 for OMB and 2,208,700 for BLS, a difference of about 11K, with BLS again higher.
So I actually have been using the organization with the higher estimates of federal employment, although those estimates are fairly close.
Stats taken from: http://www.bls.gov/schedule/archives/empsit_nr.htm#2011
Legislative/Judicial estimate based on historic observations found here: