President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Tri-State Airport in Huntington, West Virginia as he travels to a Make America Great Again Rally on Aug. 3, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump has slashed 10,700 government jobs in the first six months of his presidency, according to a report by GovExec.
The latest job figures, based on the July jobs report, back up Trump’s promise to clean up government bureaucracy in Washington. The numbers also reverse a two year trend of expansion throughout the executive branch.
The total number people employed in non-postal federal agencies shrunk to 2,188,900 workers in the latest report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics released on Friday.
That’s down 2,200 from June and 10,700 from January, when Trump was inaugurated.
Federal agencies have not reduced jobs on such a large scale since 2013. At the time, nearly 57,000 jobs were slashed in response to sequestration triggered by the 2011 Budget Control Act signed by then-President Barack Obama. It was the single largest drop in federal federal jobs since 1997.
The federal government began hiring again in 2014, piling on 50,000 employees over 2015 and 2016.