State government employment stable in Iowa across years

State government employment in Iowa has remained relatively stable in the years leading up to recent budget cuts and early retirements.

Now you might never know it to hear some of the political talk, but Iowa is not a state in which state government employment has grown.

Number of State Employees Has Remained Stable Over Time

Graph: No. of State Employees Has Remained Stable Over Time

Number of State Employees Per Thousand Iowans Has Held Steady

Graph: Number of State Employees Per Thousand Iowans Holds Steady

Both graphs above show that employment by state government has remained relatively stable. Note neither graph includes 2010 or 2011, which would indicate the more recent effects of a 10 percent across-the-board budget cut and early retirements. The second graph demonstrates that considering population growth, Iowa has seen a decline in state employment from the 1990s.

See Getting Public Value Out of Our Public Dollars,” an October 2010 report from the Iowa Fiscal Partnership, at www.IowaFiscal.org.

Posted by Andrew Cannon, Research Associate

Author: iowapolicypoints

The Iowa Policy Project is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides research and analysis to engage Iowans in state policy decisions. We focus on tax and busget issues, the Iowa economy, and energy and environmental policy. By providing a foundation of fact-based, objective research and engaging the public in an informed discussion of policy alternatives, IPP advances effective, accountable and fair government.

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