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

Managing Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Government: Survey Results

Workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a high priority for 56% of local governments. The most common focus of local government DEI programs and policies is on the equitable […]

State and Local Government Workforce Survey 2022

Results of 2022 survey of state and local human resource managers regarding recruitment, retention, compensation, benefits, and emerging employment issues.

Continued Impact of COVID-19 in the K-12 Public Sector Workforce

The Research Institute’s recent report on the Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Public Sector Employee Job and Financial Outlook, Satisfaction, and Retention provides an overview of the nationwide surveys of state […]