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Estimating private sector productivity is easier than estimating government productivity. In the private sector, productivity is the sum of all goods and services (as measured by Gross Domestic Product) divided by the number of workers. In the public sector, however, there is no reliable measure on the value of “goods and services” received because prices are not set on a voluntary basis. Rather, elected legislatures determine taxes that citizens pay to fund government.

Unfortunately, citizens have no direct way to judge whether they are getting their “bang for the buck” for the goods and services the public sector provides. The data and analysis shown below provides an indirect way to better understand the productivity of the public sector by examining government employment and compensation levels and ratios over time and across the 50 states.

The basis of comparison is the examination of the ratio of government jobs and compensation relative to the private sector. For any given state the ratios are compared to the national average. There is nothing magical about the national average; however, since it represents an amalgam of 50 states, one can reasonably assume that being above the national average indicates “low productivity” among the state government’s workforce and vice-versa.

Read more about "government workforce productivity" here.

Be sure to check out our government workforce analysis by state (black text = forthcoming):  Alabama  Alaska  Arizona  Arkansas  California  Colorado  Connecticut  Delaware  Florida  Georgia  Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois  Indiana  Iowa  Kansas  Kentucky  Louisiana  Maine  Maryland  Massachusetts  Michigan  Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri  Montana  Nebraska  Nevada  New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico  New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island  South Carolina  South Dakota  Tennessee  Texas  Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington  West Virginia  Wisconsin  Wyoming


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