Workforce

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.

SLGE’s research tracks the changing demographics of local and state government workers and how major issues, such as rising healthcare costs, affects them. In addition, SLGE conducts annual polls to probe compensation and benefit changes, succession and workforce planning, and other public sector workforce resource issues.

Workforce Resources

Infographic: COVID-19 Public Employee Impacts by Career Stage

SLGE has conducted two COVID-19 surveys charting the initial and later impacts of the pandemic on state and local government employees’ work, safety, and finances.  This infographic highlights how those effects vary by career stage.

Issue Brief: A Cross-Sector Review of Public Service Employment

A new research brief provides a comprehensive overview of the U.S. public service workforce. The analysis includes state and local governments, K-12 schools, hospitals and health care, and social assistance organizations. The research finds that there were 43 million workers in the public service sector in 2019, representing 26% of the total U.S. workforce. The […]

Report: K-12 Employee Job Satisfaction Plummets as Stress and Worries Increase Regarding COVID-19 Safety and Personal Finances

A nationwide poll of K-12 employees finds this segment of the state and local workforce has heightened concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Of those surveyed, the vast majority reported feeling stressed (63%), high levels of burnout/fatigue (54%), and substantial anxiety (47%) at work due to the pandemic. These worries come as K-12 employees were […]