Workforce Research and Resources

May 17, 2022
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 and local government employees conducted from May 2020 to December 2021. For the latest slice of that data, a new slide deck shows specific impacts […]
March 9, 2022
More than half of state and local government employees report that more people are leaving jobs at their organization since the start of the pandemic, leaving their remaining coworkers stressed, fatigued, and anxious.
January 31, 2022
As employers across the nation face unprecedented labor shortages, new research finds that benefits offered by state and local governments can help attract and retain workers even amidst the Great Resignation. Unlike many private sector jobs, nearly all public service workers have access to pension plans, health care benefits, and life insurance. Also, a majority […]
January 26, 2022
As state and local governments face unprecedented workforce shortages, more than half (52%) of public sector workers are inclined to leave their jobs voluntarily – whether to change jobs, retire, or leave the workforce entirely – driven largely by burnout and compensation issues. The findings are detailed in a new research infographic, The Great Resignation […]
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 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.