By Joshua Franzel
Here are key data points on how the status of local and state government employment changed during the past year, mid-2014 to mid-2015. The following employment and compensation information comes from an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data sets.
All State Government Employment Grew by About 33,000 (+.65%)
Non-Education State Government Employment Shrunk by About 11,400 (-.43%) Between August 2014 and July 2015.
All Local Government Employment Grew by 17,000 (+.12%)
And Non-education Local Government Employment Grew by About 25,800 (+.41 Between August 2014 and July 2015.2
State and local government monthly job openings averaged 408,000 Between July 2014 and June 2015.3
State and local government monthly layoffs and discharges averaged 82,333 Between July 2014 and June 2015.4
State and local government monthly separations, EXCLUDING QUITS, LAYOFFS, AND DISCHARGES, that include retirements averaged 53,750 Between July 2014 and June 2015.5
In the second quarter of 2015, the 12-month Change in employer costs for employee compensation represented an increase of 1.9% for wages and salaries and 2.7% for benefits.6
For additional information on the state and local workforce, visit: http://slge.org/research/workforce.