This article goes into detail in how public sector jobs and transfer payments effect overall job numbers. By his estimates if the Feds had been able to help the States not choose austerity, we'd have 2.4 million more jobs today, unemployment would be 7.5% -6.8% and things would seem much better generally across America.
Three years into recovery, just how much has state and local austerity hurt job growth?, by Jos Bivens and Heidi Shierholz: ...the public sector has seen massive job loss in the current recovery—largely due to budget cuts at the state and local level — which represents a serious drag that was not weighing on earlier recoveries. ...
Today the Jobs Act sits and cannot get through the conservative filibuster, and the only action in the House lately are more bills aimed at destroying Obamacare and stopping abortion.