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

Issue Brief: Long-Term Growth in Postsecondary Education Staffing Despite Pandemic-Related Declines

Steepest declines in 2020 were among junior colleges, technical and trade schools, in local government, and in office and administrative support positions. These findings are contained in a new research brief, Postsecondary Education Staffing.  Download the research.

Video Infographic: COVID-19 One Year Later

The evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector employees is summarized in a video infographic. 

Infographic: The Evolving Impact of the Pandemic on Public Sector Employees

Click here to view an infographic summarizing the 2021 Updated Survey Results: Public Sector Employee Views on Finances and Employment Outlook Due to COVID-19.