National Affairs: Government Workers

There were about 580,000 Government workers when Franklin Roosevelt came to office in 1932, a wartime peak of 3,769,646 when he died. The figure dropped back to 1,950,408 in February 1950, still a half million higher than in any prewar year. It quickly began to rise again, last month hit 2,603,300, nearly back to the postwar peak set last December, when there were 2,921,600. This is just about double the number in June 1941—another rearmament period—and it is 116,809 more than were on the payroll in June 1951.

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