Congressional jobs, in the meantime, have remained relatively steady while the rest of the nation struggles with unemployment. There were 17,086 House and Senate staffers as of March 1, according to LegiStorm. While that is about 800 fewer positions than the same time in 2010, it is on par with recent years.
Thousands of potential employees have also applied to work for Congress. For instance, the House Vacancy Announcement and Placement Service, run by the Chief Administrative Officer, processed 4,329 résumés in the first six months of 2011.