State and Local Governments Hiring, But with Acute Challenges Retaining Workers

Eighty-one percent of state and local governments are hiring new employees but face workforce challenges that are impacting total employment, according to State and Local Workforce 2022, a new research report from MissionSquare Research Institute conducted in collaboration with the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) and the National Association of State Personnel Executives (NASPE).

Click here to download the report or view the related webinar.

Managing Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Workforce diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a high priority for 56% of local government human resources staff. The most common focus of local government DEI programs and policies is on the equitable treatment of employees (52 percent), an area that most respondents (70%) say has been successful.  These findings and others regarding the local government approach to DEI in recruitment, retention, and workforce management efforts are detailed in a new report, Managing Workforce Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Local Government.

The research is also the focus of an ICMA webinar on July 12, and of an article on the ICMA blog.

MissionSquare Research Institute in the News

The National Association of Counties interviewed Institute Managing Director Joshua Franzel, PhD, on addressing public sector hiring challenges, and the Pew Charitable Trusts cited research on hard to fill positions from the 2021 workforce survey.

American City & County used Institute data on public employee stress in an article on mental health first aid, while WAER (Syracuse, NY) used the Institute’s findings on burnout and resignations to discuss how that impacts city parks department recruitment.

K-12 Dive discussed Research Institute findings on higher levels of stress among K-12 employees than others in state and local government.

The new 2022 state and local government workforce report has been covered by Bloomberg, American City & County, HR Dive, and Highland County Press (Ohio).

In late June, the Institute contributed to a Route Fifty event on the state and local workforce, and in coming weeks, will be presenting at events with the National Association of Police Organizations, the Council of State Governments-West, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.