Some Basic Facts on State and Local Government Workers

Source: Elizabeth McNichol, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, February 24, 2011

The public workforce has been the subject of much discussion lately — and, unfortunately, much misinformation. This brief report presents some basic facts about state and local employees: the jobs they perform, how many there are, how their pay compares with pay in the private sector, and how much states and localities — mainly school districts, cities, and counties — spend on pay and benefits.

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