Good news for our friends and colleagues working in local government (and more importantly, for those looking for work in local government): 2016 has seen the pace of hiring pick up quite a bit.

In August, the sector added 24,000 jobs, while July estimates were revised for a monthly gain of 43,000 positions nationally. Total local government employment, including education, has expanded by about 1 percent so far this year.

Growth in hiring among schools, in particular, appears to have accelerated after changing little over the first half of the year. Aggregate totals increased by 12,000 jobs last month and 35,000 in July.

Mike Maciag over at Governing.com outlines how the picture has improved from 2008. So if you’ve been waiting to throw your hat into the local government hiring ring, your wait may be over.

Interested in Governing.com? Check it out here.

Interested in local or state employment? Check out the State of Oregon Job Seekers page.