All Surveys


Survey Findings – State and Local Government Workforce: 2017 Trends

Recruiting and retaining qualified personnel was the top priority for 91 percent of respondents to the 2017 workforce trends survey released by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. Respondents also rated staff and leadership development (77 and 76 percent) and succession planning (74 percent) as important workforce issues.

State and Local Government Workforce: 2016 Trends

For the third year in a row, state and local governments are reporting an increase in hiring. Pressure on benefits continues, with employees taking on greater shares of health care costs and contributions to pensions. As the rate of retirements accelerate, there is a greater sense of urgency about recruitment, retention, and succession planning.

State and Local Government Workforce: 2015 Trends

For the second year in a row, state and local governments are reporting an increase in hiring, but pressure on benefits continues, with employees taking on greater shares of health care costs and contributions to pensions (6/15)

State and Local Government Workforce: 2014 Trends

Local and state governments continue their hiring trend although their workforces are still smaller since the 2008 economic downturn; recruitment and retention continue to be challenges; and pressure on benefits continues, particularly health care. (5/14)

State and Local Government Workforce: 2013 Trends

This annual survey conducted by the Center and the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) finds that as local and state government workers head for the exits, human resource managers say their top concern is staff development. (5/13)

State and Local Government Workforce: 2012 Trends

More than half of state and local governments still have a pay freeze and are adjusting retirement and health care benefits. At the same time, the pace of layoffs has slowed with 28 percent reporting layoffs this year compared with 40 percent last year. (4/12)