Retirement Research and Resources

July 6, 2022
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 treatment of employees (52 percent), an area that most respondents (70%) say has been successful. These findings are detailed in a new research report, Managing […]
June 23, 2022
Results of 2022 survey of state and local human resource managers regarding recruitment, retention, compensation, benefits, and emerging employment issues.
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 […]
May 12, 2022
Nearly half of public sector employees are taking no action with their defined contribution plan funds once retired. Looking out ten years from general employees’ last contributions, 48% of plan participants had not taken any partial disbursements, and 72% had not taken any full disbursements. Retirement Savings Participant Decumulation Behavior analyzes the behavior of participants […]
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.
February 23, 2022
Webinar on March 3rd with Ideas to Strengthen Financial Wellness Programs As public sector workers report increased financial challenges in the wake of the ongoing pandemic, a new series of financial wellness case studies provides state and local government employers with key learnings and promising practices to help workers reduce debt, save for retirement, and […]
February 16, 2022
Public Plans Database (PPD) analysis indicates that the funded status of state and local pension plans nationwide has improved to 75.4% in 2021, up from 72.2% in 2020. The funded status has trended upward during a period of strong investment returns since 2020, and as more state and local governments are disciplined about making the […]
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 […]
January 12, 2022
A series of financial wellness fact sheets provides key learnings and best practices from 24 state and local governments that other jurisdictions can adapt and customize to help employees reduce debt, save for retirement, or reach other financial goals.
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).