If recent intel is true, there is only a .23% increase worldwide in 2015.
Notice what is increasing is not the average publisher count, according to the above Watchtower quote to spin the Bethel downsizing, but the work.
"The little one will become a thousand And the small one a mighty nation. I myself, Jehovah, will speed it up in its own time.”--Isaiah 60:22.
It wouldn't surprise me if this verse will be reinterpreted to mean the "work is speeding up."
Do more, lollygaggers!