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Iowa’s Government Workforce is the Twentieth “Least Productive” in 2013

Sep 09, 2015


There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. Each element is measured relative to the national average and summed together to obtain an overall measure of workforce productivity. By this metric, Iowa has the twentieth least productive state and local government workforce in the country.


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As shown in Chart 1, for state and local government employment, Iowa has 18.2 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector—this is 11 percent above the national average of 16.4 and is the 19th highest ratio in the country.


Chart 1 Iowa State and Local Government Employees per 100 Private Sector Employees Rank 2013.jpg


As shown in Chart 2, for state and local government compensation, Iowa’s government employees earn 15 percent more than those in the private sector—this is 17 percent higher than the national average of 13 percent and is the 19th highest compensation ratio in the country.


Chart 2 Iowa State and Local Government Compensation as a Percent of the Private Sector Rank 2013.jpg


As shown in Chart 3, for state and local wages and salaries, Iowa’s government employees earnings are on par (0 percent) with those in the private sector—this is the 12th highest wages and salaries ratio in the country and higher than the national average of -8 percent.




Chart 3 Iowa State and Local Government Wages and Salaries as a Percent of the Private Sector Rank 2013.jpg


As shown in Chart 4, for state and local benefits (pensions, health insurance, etc.), Iowa’s employees earn 83 percent more than those in the private sector--this is -29 percent lower than the national average of 117 percent and is the 19th lowest benefit ratio in the country.


Chart 4 Iowa State and Local Government Benefits as a Percent of the Private Sector Rank 2013.jpg


Of course, efficiency for local government is more usefully 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 Iowa.




The Iowa counties with the highest local government employment ratios include: Tama County (65), Ringgold County (43.6), and Wayne County (41). The Iowa counties with the lowest local government employment ratios include: Dubuque County (7.7), Polk County (8.5), and Johnson County (8.8).


The Iowa counties with the highest local government compensation ratios include: Cass County (43 percent), Decatur County (43 percent), and Davis County (43 percent). The Iowa counties with the lowest local government compensation ratios include: Dallas County (-15 percent), Ida County (-12 percent), and Fremont County (-11 percent).


Overall, it is Iowa’s higher-than-average government employment ratio and wages and salaries ratio that are the primary source of the poor government workforce metric.


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



J. Scott Moody

Scott has nearly 20 years of experience as a public policy economist. He is the author, co-author and editor of over 180 studies and books. His professional experience also includes positions at the American Conservative Union Foundation, Granite Institute, Federalism In Action, Maine Heritage Policy Center, Tax Foundation, and Heritage Foundation.


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