Workforce Research and Resources

July 26, 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 23, 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 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 […]
April 26, 2021
In conjunction with April being Financial Literacy Month, the Center for State and Local Government Excellence at ICMA-RC has developed an infographic on the business case for helping employees to build emergency savings.
April 19, 2021
SLGE at ICMA-RC convened a group of thirteen associations or other key stakeholders for a discussion on financial wellness for state and local government employees. This report summarizes the areas of focus and opportunities for collaboration.
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 […]