Debating Public vs. Private Employment

Source: Dave Senf, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota Economic Trends, December 2011

From the summary:
Are public sector employees overpaid or underpaid? A newly published article, “Debating Public vs. Private,” in Minnesota Economic Trends, takes a look at the issue. The analysis includes a list of public sector compensation studies; some of the studies found public sector workers to be underpaid and some found public sector workers to be overpaid. The article also compares the standard sources of state and local employment data in a chart and analyzes why the numbers vary.

Just how many public employees are there in Minnesota? The public sector is the second largest employer in Minnesota, but state and local government employment has decreased as a percentage of total employment in the last 35 years.

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