State and local governments face significant challenges in attracting and retaining talent as retiring baby boomers begin to be replaced by a workforce that is younger, more diverse, more mobile, and more reliant on information and communication technologies.

The Institute’s research tracks the changing demographics of local and state government workers and how they are impacted by major issues – such as rising healthcare costs, the gig economy, COVID-19, technology, and the changing nature of work. In addition, the Institute conducts annual polls to probe compensation and benefit changes, succession and workforce planning, and other public sector workforce resource issues.

Workforce Resources

New Career Entrants to Public Service: Lessons for Employers from Fellowship Applicants

Local government fellowship applicants surveyed overwhelmingly agree that meaningful work is their top priority, followed by workplace culture and compensation.

Managing Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Government: In Their Own Words

Focus group participants share in their own words the successes and challenges in managing workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in local government.

Continued Impact of COVID-19 in the Public Safety Workforce

Continued impact of COVID-19 on the public safety work environment amid the Great Resignation