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State of Local and State Government Workers' Engagement in the U.S.

Engaged local and state government employees deliver on your government's mission. Does your state have this type of employee?

One -- if not the single biggest -- opportunity that state and local government leaders have is to invest in the engagement of their employees.

In fact, they can’t afford not to.

Engaged employees drive innovation and move their workplaces forward. Actively disengaged workers do the opposite, costing their states millions of dollars and interfering with government goals.

This report shows the current condition of employee engagement for the state and local governments of 43 U.S. states, and illustrates the potential losses that governments face if they do not act to curb disengagement.

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of local and state government workers are engaged in their jobs —


are not.

States where engagement levels are highest are predominantly in the South. States where engagement levels are lowest are predominantly in the Northeast and Midwest.

% of actively disengaged workers across all 50 states:


State and local government workers


Federal workers


Nongovernment workers

Government agencies are not powerless to change their ratios of engaged to disengaged workers, but they need to take deliberate steps to promote engagement.

The State of Local and State Government Workers’ Engagement in the U.S. report gives government leaders a snapshot of the engagement levels of their employees, how their data compare with numbers in other states and the private sector, and how much productivity they could be losing.

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Download this report to learn:

  • Where your state and local government workers rank in the U.S.
  • What employee engagement means to your economy
  • The economic implications of engagement and disengagement
  • Steps to take to create workplaces that promote engagement

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