National Affairs: Minus 20,135

Virginia's economy-minded Senator Harry Byrd added up some new figures from the Administration last week and hustled out a press release. In March, Byrd reported, the Federal Government lopped 20,135 civilian employees off its payroll, the biggest cut in any month since the Korean war began. Most (17,859) of those dropped were in the Department of Defense, which at the end of March still had more civilian employees (1,303,534) than all other Government departments combined. Total federal civilian employment after the 20,135 had departed: 2,526,819.


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