Thought you might find this interesting:
This accounts for the cost of state and local austerity not only on public employees, but the spillover effect on local economies - 2.3 million jobs, plus the consequences of blocking the 2011 Jobs Bill - 1.9 million jobs.
How many jobs has GOP obstruction and economic wrecking cost Americans? A partial accounting shows that the current unemployment rate would be under 6% but for the actions (or inactions) of the GOP.
If instead of austerity Congress had used federal revenue sharing and grants to state and local governments - as it has done in every other recovery - and grown public employment at just half the level that Reagan did - or equal to what GWB did - unemployment today would be under 5%.