Delaware’s Government Workforce is the Eighteenth “Most Productive” in 2012

Jul 01, 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, Delaware has the eighteenth most productive state and local government workforce in the country.

On state and local government employment, Delaware ranks above the national average with 16.28 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector which is -2.9 percent below the national average of 16.77 and is the 16th lowest ratio in the country.

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On state and local government compensation, Delaware ranks below average with government employees earning 7.6 percent more than those in the private sector—below the national average of 11.7 percent and is the 23rd lowest compensation ratio in the country.

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On state and local wages and salaries, Delaware employees earn -6.7 percent less than those in the private sector—the 23rd highest wages and salaries ratio in the country and above than the national average of -8.8 percent.

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On state and local benefits (pensions, health insurance, etc.), Delaware employees earn 74.4 percent more than those in the private sector which is -35.4 percent lower than the national average of 115 percent and is the 14th lowest benefit ratio in the country.

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Overall, it is Delaware’s low government compensation ratio, especially having the 14th lowest benefits ratio, which is the primary source of the good 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

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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