A new state pay survey prompts the question: Are low salaries prompting workers to flee state government?
The answer is no. According to the Department of Personnel, turnover in fiscal year 2009 (July 2008 to June 2009) was 7.1 percent. Less than half were resignations.
The turnover rate has declined in the last few years, no doubt mirroring the inclinations of workers everywhere to hang on to jobs they might have left in better economic times. But even in FY 2007 – before the recession really walloped the nation – turnover in state employment was only 7.8 percent.
There is no doubt a measure of public service that prompts many to stay. But perhaps – as we suggested in our Sunday editorial – state workers also know their benefit packages are hard to beat.
Hat tip: Jason Mercier, Washington Policy Center, who pointed me to the DOP report