Workforce


The Center’s research tracks the changing demographics of local and state government workers and how major issues, such as the Affordable Care Act, affects them.  In addition, the Center conducts annual polls to probe compensation and benefit changes and other human resource issues.

  • 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.

    May 26, 2016
    Research Studies
  • SLGE’s Communications and Project Manager Amber Snowden spoke on a panel at the American Society for Public Administration’s annual meeting about why it is essential that state and local governments prepare themselves to win the war for talent as they compete to attract millennials into the public sector workforce.

    April 12, 2016
    Presentations
  • How can local governments compete for talent as more of their workforce retires and they need to appeal to a new generation that has many choices about where to work?

    December 14, 2015
    Research Studies
  • Key data points on local and state government employment and compensation from an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data sets. (11/15)

    November 9, 2015
    Fact Sheets
  • The challenges of the past decade have required the state and local government employers to make many significant adjustments
    to their workforce. This change has been driven by fiscal realities, workforce demographics, and service demands. (06/15)

    November 9, 2015
    Articles
  • 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)

    June 8, 2015
    Surveys
  • 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)

    May 19, 2014
    Surveys
  • A new report finds that local health departments face significant workforce recruitment, retention, and succession planning challenges as they try to meet increasing service demands within continued fiscal constraints. (11/21/13)

    November 21, 2013
    Case Studies
  • San Mateo and Santa Clara counties use innovative approaches to attract, retain, and develop their next generation of leaders. (10/13)

    October 7, 2013
    Case Studies
  • Center President & CEO Elizabeth Kellar writes in the October issue of PA Times about the recruitment and retention crisis facing state and local governments. Posted with the permission of ASPA. (Oct. 2013)

    October 7, 2013
    Articles