Apparently, government jobs:
Nearly all the metropolitan areas whose economies suffered the least since the start of the Great Recession had increases in government employment, while most of those that suffered the most lost government jobs. Nineteen of the 20 metropolitan areas that have had the strongest overall economic performance since the start of the recession (all except Augusta) gained government jobs since their periods of peak total employment.
Pittsburgh is one of the places that gained since the start of the recession. Now the puzzler:
Twelve of the 20 that have had the weakest economic recoveries (Allentown, Buffalo, Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, Greensboro, Harrisburg, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), Providence, and Scranton) lost government jobs since total employment bottomed out.
So, Pittsburgh's recovery (as anemic as it is) hasn't benefited from more government jobs. The kicker:
Twenty large metropolitan areas gained jobs in all of the last four quarters. Austin, Charleston, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Hartford, Houston, Milwaukee, New Haven, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Provo, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Toledo, Washington, and Youngstown gained jobs in every quarter from the second quarter of 2010 through the first quarter of 2011.
Of those metros, which ones also saw growth in government jobs during the recovery? Austin, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, and Washington. Perhaps that's neither here nor there for Pittsburgh. I still feel good about the recovery in Southwestern Pennsylvania.