The newest data on state and local employment from the Census shows that municipal jobs in America, as measured by full-time workers and full-time equivalent workers, have declined by about 2.6 percent, or 441,000 jobs, from the peak in 2009 through 2011. Some of the biggest cuts have come in administrative government jobs. But the biggest gains have been in public higher education. Despite cost pressures that are driving tuition up, employment grew by 130,000 jobs, or 7 percent nationwide since 2007, the year before fiscal woes hit states and localities, as public colleges and universities added both instructional and administrative personnel. Total pay among public colleges and universities soared nearly 20 percent to $9.9 billion.