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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Public Service Workforce

A new research report provides a comprehensive analysis of the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) landscape across the public service workforce. The analysis includes historical and projected data for a wide variety of occupations, and it indicates areas where certain gender, racial, or ethnic groups may be under- or over-represented.  Knowing where over- or under-representation […]

K-12 Employees: Anxiety About Student Learning, COVID-19 Risk, Personal Finances

Ninety percent of K-12 employees are concerned about students falling behind as a result of the pandemic. At the same time, K-12 employees are working longer hours, having difficulty adjusting to changes in the nature of their jobs and are worried about protecting their families from COVID-19. Many say they have faced negative financial impacts […]

COVID-19 and the Public Sector Workforce: Collected Resources

Since May 2020, MissionSquare Research Institute has conducted a series of surveys to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on state and local government employees’ job and financial outlook, health and safety concerns, and satisfaction with their employer and benefits. The results of these online surveys, fielded every six months by Greenwald Research, are [...]