A Little Fuel For The Fire

Yesterday Ed Morrissey at Hot Air posted an article about the departure statistics of federal employees.  It seems that the way the majority of federal employees leave their jobs is through death. 

The article points out:

“The federal government fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended Sept. 30 — 11,668 employees in its 2.1 million workforce. Research shows that the private sector fires about 3% of workers annually for poor performance, says John Palguta, former research chief at the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, which handles federal firing disputes.

“The 1,800-employee Federal Communications Commission and the 1,200-employee Federal Trade Commission didn’t lay off or fire a single employee last year. The SBA had no layoffs, six firings and 17 deaths in its 4,000-employee workforce.

“When job security is at a premium, the federal government remains the place to work for those who want to avoid losing a job. The job security rate for all federal workers was 99.43% last year and nearly 100% for those on the job more than a few years.”

Federal workers make more than their private sector counterparts.  This chart is from a website called InvestorsInsight.com:

Average Wages

Would you leave a job that paid twice as much as anyone else would pay you?