Where Maliki Draws Power

Musings On Iraq looks at the Iraqi unemployment rate, which the UN estimates at 18 percent, little changed since 2004. Something I didn't know:

43% of all jobs in Iraq and 60% of full time work was provided by the public sector. The number of people working for the government doubled from 2005 to 2008. As reported earlier, a breakdown of jobs across Iraq’s provinces found that the government was the largest employer in fourteen of eighteen provinces, and tied for first in one more.