Florida’s Government Workforce is the Eleventh “Least Productive” in 2012

May 27, 2014


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, Florida has the eleventh least productive state and local government workforce in the country.


On state and local government employment, Florida has 14.28 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector which is only -14.9 percent below the national average of 16.77 and is the 5th lowest ratio in the country.


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However, on state and local government compensation, Florida ranks very poorly with government employees earning 21.5 percent more than those in the private sector which is a whopping 84 percent higher than the national average of 11.7 percent and is the 8th highest compensation ratio in the country.


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On state and local wages and salaries, Florida’s employees earn 2 percent more than those in the private sector—the 8th highest wages and salaries ratio in the country and higher than the national average of -8.8 percent.


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On state and local benefits (pensions, health insurance, etc.), Florida’s employees earn 125.6 percent more than those in the private sector which is 9.2 percent higher than the national average of 115 percent and is the 8th highest benefit ratio in the country.


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Overall, it is Florida’s very high government compensation, driven by both wages and salaries and benefits, that is the primary source of the poor government workforce metrics.


Note: Recent data updates include significant definitional changes, especially to benefits which are now based on an accrual basis as opposed to a cash-basis. The changes currently go back to 2000 so comparisons between pre- and post-2000 data must be used with caution.


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


Click here to view the methodology behind this important government workforce data.



J. Scott Moody

J. Scott Moody has over 18 years as a public policy economist with a specialty in tax policy and has over 180 publications. He has worked for numerous national and state-based think tanks such as Federalism In Action, Tax Foundation, Heritage Foundation, and The Maine Heritage Policy Center.


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