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POLICY INSIGHT
BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Local School Jobs Grew in August But Remain in a Big Hole

| By Chris Mai
Local governments added 20,000 education jobs in the month of August, the Labor Department reported today.  That’s good news, but schools remain in a big hole from the recession:  local school districts still have 297,000 fewer jobs than in August 2008 (see chart).
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This means that, even as K-12 enrollment has risen — by 800,000 students between the fall of 2008 and fall of 2013, according to the Education Department — schools have fewer teachers, librarians, principals, guidance counselors, nurses, and other staff to help them. Instead of setting our students up for success at the start of a new school year, we’re giving them less support than just a few years ago.