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There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s state and local government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. In this analysis, each element is measured relative to the national average and summed together to obtain an overall measure of workforce productivity. Based on this state and local government workforce productivity index, Pennsylvania has the sixteenth least productive state and local government workforce in the country.

 

Click here to view our full government workforce data app with details by state, by county, level of government, and over time.

 

 

In 2016, #Pennsylvania had the 16th least productive state and local #government workforce in the country http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #PApolitics #PApol #PAleg #PAsen #PAgov (click to tweet)

 

As shown in Chart 1, for state and local government employment in 2016, Pennsylvania employed 12.1 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector (employment ratio) which is -23 percent below the national average of 15.7 and is 2nd lowest ratio in the country.

 

 Chart 1 Pennsylvania State and Local Government Employees per 100 Private Sector Employees Rank 2016.jpg

 

In 2016, #Pennsylvania state & local #government employed 12.1 for every 100 employed in private sector—the 2nd lowest ratio in the country and -23 percent below US average http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #PApolitics #PApol #PAleg #PAsen #PAgov (click to tweet)

 

Additionally, Pennsylvania’s employment ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 2, between 1969 and 2016, the employment ratio grew by 2 percent to 12.1 in 2016 from 11.9 in 1969. This growth is nearly identical to the national average which increased by 2 percent to 15.7 in 2016 from 15.4 in 1969.

 

 Chart 2 Pennsylvania State and Local Employment Ratio vs. U.S. Average 1969 to 2016.JPG

 

As shown in Chart 3, for state and local government compensation in 2016, Pennsylvania government employees earning 21 percent more than those in the private sector (compensation ratio) which is 54 percent higher than the national average of 14 percent and is the 12th highest compensation ratio in the country.

 

 Chart 3 Pennsylvania State and Local Government Compensation as a Percent of the Private Sector Rank 2016.jpg

 

In 2016, #Pennsylvania state & local #government compensation was 21% higher than in the private sector—the 12th highest ratio in the country and 54 percent above US average http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #PApolitics #PApol #PAleg #PAsen #PAgov (click to tweet)

 

Additionally, Pennsylvania’s compensation ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 4, between 1969 and 2016, the compensation ratio increased by 21 percentage points to 21 percent in 2016 from 0 percent in 1969. This is a faster growth rate than the national average which increased by 15 percentage points to 14 percent in 2016 from -1 percent in 1969.

 

Chart 4 Pennsylvania State and Local Compensation Ratio vs. U.S. Average 1969 to 2016.JPG

 

As shown in Chart 5, it is state and local benefits that are responsible for Pennsylvania’s high government compensation ratio. For state and local wages and salaries in 2016, Pennsylvania employees earn -6 percent less than those in the private sector which is the 22nd highest wages and salaries ratio in the country and slightly higher than the national average of -8 percent.

 

 Chart 5 Pennsylvania Components of State and Local Compensation Ratio 1969 to 2016.JPG

 

For state and local benefits in 2016, Pennsylvania employees earn 150 percent more than those in the private sector which is 18 percent higher than the national average of 127 percent and is the 5th highest benefit ratio in the country.

 

 

Click here to view our full government workforce data app with details by state, by county, level of government, and over time.

 

Of course, efficiency for local government helps to be measured on a more local scale. As such, we have also calculated the employment and compensations ratios of local government workers for every county in Pennsylvania.

 

The Pennsylvania counties with the highest local government employment ratios include:

  • Pike County, PA (22.6)
  • Perry County, PA (21.7)
  • Susquehanna County, PA (20.3)
  • Potter County, PA (18.1)
  • Forest County, PA (17.9)
  • Sullivan County, PA (16.2)
  • Armstrong County, PA (15.0)
  • Cameron County, PA (14.1)
  • Huntingdon County, PA (14.0)
  • Carbon County, PA (13.9)


The Pennsylvania counties with the lowest local government employment ratios include:

  • Lackawanna County, PA (7.6)
  • Chester County, PA (7.2)
  • Dauphin County, PA (7.2)
  • Butler County, PA (7.2)
  • Elk County, PA (7.1)
  • Allegheny County, PA (6.9)
  • Lancaster County, PA (6.7)
  • Cumberland County, PA (5.8)
  • Montgomery County, PA (5.5)
  • Montour County, PA (5.3)


The Pennsylvania counties with the highest local government compensation ratios include:

  • Pike County, PA (99 percent)
  • Clarion County, PA (63 percent)
  • Monroe County, PA (60 percent)
  • Perry County, PA (59 percent)
  • Wayne County, PA (59 percent)
  • Lackawanna County, PA (58 percent)
  • Sullivan County, PA (56 percent)
  • Fayette County, PA (55 percent)
  • Snyder County, PA (55 percent)
  • Adams County, PA (49 percent)


The Pennsylvania counties with the lowest local government compensation ratios include:

  • Delaware County, PA (14 percent)
  • Potter County, PA (13 percent)
  • Montgomery County, PA (10 percent)
  • Cameron County, PA (6 percent)
  • Washington County, PA (6 percent)
  • Fulton County, PA (5 percent)
  • Chester County, PA (2 percent)
  • Greene County, PA (-2 percent)
  • Forest County, PA (-12 percent)
  • Montour County, PA (-20 percent)

 

Overall, it is Pennsylvania’s high compensation ratio, driven by benefits, that is the primary reason for Pennsylvania having the 16th worst state and local government workforce productivity index.

 

Read more about the "government workforce productivity Index" methodology here.

 

Click here to view our full government workforce data app with details by state, by county, level of government, and over time.

 

 

Finally, don’t forget to watch our exclusive time-lapse video of our state and local government workforce productivity index over the last 47 years! See if your state has been above or below the national average?

 

 


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