Resources on State Government Employment and Pay

Source: Robbie LaFleur, Legislative Reference Library – Library News, August 30, 2012

At the August 30th hearing of the Legislative Subcommittee on Employee Relations, Minnesota Management & Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter discussed two recent reports about state government staffing levels in Minnesota. He began with, “The workforce is changing. The demographic changes that we are experiencing are real and profound, and the state as an employer cannot assume the workforce it has had in the past, the quality workforce and the ability to affect the policies it wishes, we cannot assume that the capacity will be there in the future. It has to consider very strongly how it recruits, retains, and develops employees going into the future, and that this is a key issue for the state going forward.” The reports he discussed:
Full-Time Equivalent Executive Branch Employees . Minnesota Management & Budget, 2012. (Mandated by: 2011 Minn. Laws 1st Spl. Sess. Chap. 10 Art. 3 Sec. 46)
State of Minnesota Workforce Report . Minnesota Management & Budget, 2011.
Additional articles and databases give information on state and local government employment and pay.
• ” Debating Public vs. Private: While the Public Sector is the Second-Largest Employer in Minnesota, State and Local Government Employment as a Percentage of All Jobs Here Has Been Shrinking Since 1976,” Minnesota Economic Trends, December 2011.
• ” Good-bye Government Jobs,” State Legislatures, July/August 2011. The article includes links to studies that conclude public sector workers are overpaid and those that say public sector workers are underpaid.
Minnesota Local Government Salary and Benefits Survey . League of Minnesota Cities. (The Library pays for online access to this database for legislators and legislative staff.)
Minnesota Occupation Employment Statistics Data. This database, maintained by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, includes private sector data and provides employment and salary statistics for broad occupational categories in Minnesota.
State Government Employment and Pay Data. Governing Magazine compiled 2010 and 2011 employment and pay data by job type for all state governments.

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