This growth in government employment was driven by hiring at the state and local level, while federal employment actually declined.
In local governments, employment grew from 14,091,000 in March to 14,112,000 in April—an increase of 21,000.
In state governments, employment grew from 5,200,000 in March to 5,207,000 in April—an increase of 7,000.
In the federal government, employment declined from 2,876,000 in March to 2,870,000 in April—a decrease of 6,000.
Government employment peaked in the United States in January 2020, when it hit 22,784,000. It has since declined by 595,000 to the current level of 22,189,000.