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.

  • 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
  • Center Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel looked at workforce demographics and changes at the MSRPS (Maryland State Retirement and Pension System) Board of Trustees Education Session. (5/21/13)

    May 21, 2013
    Presentations
  • 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)

    May 14, 2013
    Surveys
  • This brief offers an analysis of how cuts in pension benefits could affect the quality of teachers school districts are able to hire. (1/13)

    January 18, 2013
    Research Studies
  • One-third of human resource executives made changes to the retirement plans they offer to employees within the past 12 months. (10/12)

    October 9, 2012
    Research Studies
  • 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)

    April 18, 2012
    Surveys
  • To retain employees despite an inability to offer salary increases, Coconino County’s Human Resources Department developed innovative and cost saving initiatives that emphasized employee work-life balance. (4/12)

    April 3, 2012
    Case Studies