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Federal Workers Are More Likely to Die Than Lose Their Jobs (and for Good Reason)

USA Today bemoans the fact that you're more likely to die than get fired from a federal job. An economist says this makes perfect sense.


A new USA Today report finds that if you work for the government, you're more likely to leave your job because of death from natural causes than you are to get fired. Same goes for layoffs, even in the recession. Private companies fire or lay people off at a rate of 3 percent annually; the government fired only 0.55 percent of its workers last budget year.

Besides getting some generic comments from federal representatives on how they try to "hire the right people," USA Today quotes one San Francisco State University management professor saying this is a bad, bad thing. The low departure rates show a failure to release poor performers and those with obsolete skills, he says. He adds that these statistics "would indicate a serious management problem."

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More College Grads Are Taking Nonprofit Jobs. But Is It Just a Fad?

Desperate grads are turning to nonprofit and public sector jobs—and finding they like them. But will they stay?


It's no secret that thanks to the ongoing economic downturn, corporate recruiters aren't hitting the college job fairs like they used to. But, according to a piece in The New York Times, there's a silver lining: Record numbers of recent college graduates are turning to jobs they might not have otherwise considered—nonprofit and public sector work—and they're finding they actually enjoy it.

How significant is the trend? Private sector jobs have decreased by 7 percent, but the government has beefed up its staff rosters by 3 percent. And, when it comes to other nonprofit or public sector work,

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