Research and Resources

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 […]
May 17, 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 […]
March 30, 2021
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.
March 17, 2021
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 […]
February 25, 2021
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 […]
January 27, 2021
Employee Burnout/Fatigue Jumped from 27% in May to 47% in October; More Than Half Say Pandemic Has Harmed Personal Finances The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis are taking a heavy toll on the state and local workforce. Since the early days of the pandemic, negative job sentiment is on the rise. In an October national […]
December 29, 2020
SLGE has convened a stakeholders group of organizations with an interest in developing and supporting the public sector workforce of the future. This report captures a preliminary inventory of topics of discussion and lays the groundwork for further research, reporting, and collaboration.
December 14, 2020
A national poll of state and local employees finds that the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis are taking a heavy toll on the public workforce. Since the early days of the pandemic, negative job sentiment is climbing, while 54 percent of the public workforce say they have been negatively impacted financially by the pandemic. When […]
November 12, 2020
This infographic presents the long-term trends in state and local government employment as well as the changing projections for what the future may hold, both in the aggregate and for specific positions or agency types. Click here to download.
October 14, 2020
As many state and local employees face increased financial challenges and stress amid the coronavirus pandemic, two case studies – from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, and Denver, Colorado – highlight the successful implementation of financial education and wellness programs to help improve the financial security of their workforce and the surrounding communities. Download a copy here.
September 18, 2020
Based on the Center’s survey of state and local government employees’ views on how COVID-19 is impacting their job and finances, this infographic shows the data for African American respondents. Topics include how the virus has affected job functions, financial conditions, retirement planning, perceived risk, remote work, and emotional reactions.  
August 11, 2020
From SLGE’s recent survey on state and local government employee views on COVID-19, this infographic summarizes opinions shared by employees in K-12 education. Topics range from health and safety to financial uncertainty and how they feel about serving the public during this difficult time. Click here to access slides and a recording from a related […]