Workforce Research and Resources

September 29, 2021
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 […]
September 22, 2021
A new analysis finds that through the first quarter of 2021, state and local retirement plans have accumulated assets of $5 trillion in defined benefit (DB) pension plans and $531 billion in defined contribution (DC) plans. Despite the early economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the average funded ratio among state and local pension plans has held steady at 72% for plans included in the Public Plans Database (PPD).
September 14, 2021
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 […]
August 25, 2021
More than one-third (37%) of the K-12 workforce says that the pandemic has them considering a job change. K-12 employees are also concerned about the impact of the pandemic on students – from falling behind in their education, to experiencing problems with access to the internet and technology.
July 25, 2021
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.
July 22, 2021
The evolving impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on public sector employees is summarized in a video infographic.
July 20, 2021
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.
July 20, 2021
As COVID-19 vaccination rates continue to climb across the U.S., the morale of state and local government employees is also on the rise. Positive morale regarding work among this segment of the workforce increased to 56% in May 2021, up from 41% in October 2020. Despite improved job sentiment, nearly one-third (31%) of the state and local workforce indicate that working during the pandemic has made them consider changing jobs.
June 21, 2021
MissionSquare Research Institute has developed an infographic on public sector employee vaccination status and views. Results are based on a May 2021 survey of 1,200 state and local government workers. Full survey results will be released as a report in July 2021. For more resources on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees’ financial […]
June 16, 2021
The Rebranded MissionSquare Research Institute Will Continue to Deliver Independent, Nonpartisan Research That Informs Organizations Dedicated to Public Service The Center for State and Local Government Excellence at ICMA-RC is now MissionSquare Research Institute. The new brand name is in conjunction with ICMA-RC changing its name to MissionSquare Retirement. Since its founding in 2007, the […]
May 16, 2021
New research assessing the state and local government workforce finds jurisdictions are facing acute challenges recruiting employees in several critical areas. Health care positions are identified as hard to fill by 60-75% of survey respondents, followed by positions in corrections and policing, both at 64%. Other positions identified as hard to fill include skilled trades […]