Based on the Recovery.gov data, more than two third of the 594,754.3 jobs “created or saved” with the stimulus funds were “created or saved” in the Department of Education (see chart). Basically, what the administration meant by shovel ready projects was funding for your next door teacher.
Now, let’s recap some of findings and news of the previous weeks.
1. Most jobs are created in the Department of Education
2. In 2009, for the first time ever, more public-sector employees (7.9 million) belonged to a union than did private-sector employees (7.4 million) despite there being five times more wage and salary workers in the private sector.
3. A third of all union jobs are in Education
4. 33 percent of the education industry is unionized
5. The union boss, Andy Stern, was appointed to be on the president’s debt commission.
It all makes sense, doesn’t it?
Now, what do you think the chance are that the stimulus funds for education will be made permanent?
(Cool chart and data here)