Newfoundland and Labrador’s governing Tories are defending spending decisions that have seen the civil service swell by more than 20 per cent. Government figures show the core civil service — that is, employees of government departments and not including hospitals, schools and various agencies — has jumped considerably since 2005. Government figures show the civil service included 6,792 jobs in 2005. By 2010, it had increased to 8,429 – over 20%.