According to this story by V. Dion Haynes in The Washington Post today, the Partnership for Public Service “estimates that that the government will hire about 600,000 people over the next four years, as many as 120,000 of whom would work in the Washington region”
“From May 2008 to May 2009, the region lost 55,000 jobs. But during that same period, nearly 20,000 jobs were created, mainly in the federal government and federal contracting sector. Some analysts say they expect the net job losses by the end of the year to disappear, becoming a net gain of 10,000 jobs.”
This region may not exactly be recession-proof but thanks to Uncle Sam we’re much better off than most areas of the country.