Jobs, DC and Private Sector Experience

Over the last few days, I’ve come across the following images (the first from the American Enterprise Institute and the second from Paul Kedrosky):

Percentage of presidential cabinet members who have had private sector experience.


I know that there is much more to it than this, but I find it interesting that DC has so few job seekers vs jobs (including both public and private sector jobs, one would suppose) at the same time there are so many people in the President’s cabinet who have never worked in the private sector. We don’t need a jobs summit, just the ability to expand the cabinet to millions of needy job seekers across the country. Detroit in particular would benefit.


I would suppose (making it pure supposition) that the number of people without private sector experience is skewed by the sheer youth of many of Obama’s appointees. I would be unsurprised to find that the average age of his cabinet may be as much as 10 years younger than say Reagan or Ike at the same point in their presidencies.