Partnered Research | 2021  

State and Local Government Workforce Survey 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 (57%) and engineering (52%), which are professions in direct competition with the private sector.  The research also shows that the COVID-19 pandemic is triggering a higher rate of retirement among the state and local workforce.

Since 2009, SLGE at ICMA-RC has partnered with IPMA-HR and NASPE to conduct this annual study on state and local workforce issues.