Future Compensation of the State and Local Workforce

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the state and local government workforce will increase to about 21 million by 2016. This increase will come at a time when the large baby boomer cohort is beginning to retire, and retirement and other separation rates for the state and local government and private sectors are ranging from 2.5 to 3 percent annually.

This article, by SLGE Vice President of Research Joshua Franzel, attempts to answer several important questions that public administrators across the country will need to address if the public is to continue to receive quality service from trained and competent public servants:

  • How has the state and local government workforce changed in the recent past?
  • What occupations are, or will be, most needed by state and local governments in the next decade?
  • If current trends hold, will compensation and benefit packages offered by state and local governments help or hinder their efforts to address these needs?
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