Millennials exit the federal workforce as government jobs lose their allure

Six years after candidate Barack Obama vowed to make working for government “cool again,” federal hiring of young people is instead tailing off and many millennials are heading for the door.

The share of the federal workforce under the age of 30 dropped to 7 percent this year, the lowest figure in nearly a decade, government figures show.

With agencies starved for digital expertise and thousands of federal jobs coming open because of a wave of baby-boomer retirements, top government officials, including at the White House, are growing increasingly distressed about the dwindling role played by young workers.

“Millennials are a very important constituency and talent pool to pull from,” said Lisa Danzig, associate director for personnel and performance with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget. Recruiting them, she acknowledged, “is a challenge. There’s a lot of competition for new talent among them.”

Danzig said that the federal shutdown, furloughs and pay freezes in recent years have eroded the attraction of working for the government. Just last week, the government came within hours of shuttering again before Congress approved an annual spending bill.

Read the rest of the Washington Post story at http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/millennials-exit-the-federal-workforce-as-government-jobs-lose-their-allure/2014/12/15/ea3d4418-7fd4-11e4-9f38-95a187e4c1f7_story.html

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