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New Hampshire’s State and Local Government Workforce is the Seventh “Most Productive” in 2016

Key Policy Data

Feb 11, 2015


There are two major elements to look at when examining a state’s state and local Government workforce—the number of employees and the level of their pay. In this analysis, each element is measured relative to the national average and summed together to obtain an overall measure of workforce productivity. Based on this state and local government workforce productivity index, New Hampshire has the seventh most productive state and local government workforce in the country.

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As shown in Chart 1, for state and local government employment in 2016, New Hampshire employed 14.2 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector (employment ratio) which is -9 percent above the national average of 15.7 and is the 7th lowest ratio in the country.

 Chart 1 New Hampshire State and Local Government Employees per 100 Private Sector Employees Rank 2016.jpg

In 2016, #NewHampshire state & local #government employed 14.2 for every 100 employed in private sector—the 7th lowest ratio in the country and -9 percent above US average http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #NHpolitics #NHleg #NHsen #NHgov (click to tweet)

Additionally, New Hampshire’s employment ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 2, between 1969 and 2016, the employment ratio decreased by 3 percent to 14.2 in 2016 from 13.9 in 1969. This increase is close to the national average which increased by 2 percent to 15.7 in 2016 from 15.4 in 1969.

 Chart 2 New Hampshire State and Local Employment Ratio vs. U.S. Average 1969 to 2016.JPG

As shown in Chart 3, for state and local government compensation in 2016, government employees earned 2 percent more than those in the private sector (compensation ratio) which is significantly lower than the national average of 14 percent and is the 10th lowest compensation ratio in the country.

 Chart 3 New Hampshire State and Local Government Compensation as a Percent of the Private Sector Rank 2016.jpg

In 2016, #NewHampshire state & local #government compensation was 2% higher than in the private sector—the 10th lowest ratio in the country and well below US average http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #NHpolitics #NHleg #NHsen #NHgov (click to tweet)

Additionally, New Hampshire’s compensation ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 4, between 1969 and 2016, the compensation ratio increased by 8 percentage points to 2 percent in 2016 from -6 percent in 1969. This increase is slower than the national average which increased by 15 percentage points to 14 percent in 2016 from -1 percent in 1969.

 Chart 4 New Hampshire State and Local Compensation Ratio vs. U.S. Average 1969 to 2016.JPG 

As shown in Chart 5, wages and salaries primarily contribute to New Hampshire’s low government compensation ratio. For state and local wages and salaries in 2016, New Hampshire employees earn -18 percent less than those in the private sector which is the 2nd lowest wages and salaries ratio in the country and significantly lower than the national average of -8 percent.

 Chart 5 New Hampshire Components of State and Local Compensation Ratio 1969 to 2016.JPG

For state and local benefits in 2016, New Hampshire employees earn 111 percent more than those in the private sector which is -12 percent lower than the national average of 127 percent and is the 20th highest benefit ratio in the country.

Click here to view our full government workforce data app with details by state, by county, level of government, and over time.

Of course, efficiency for local government helps to be measured on a more local scale. As such, we have also calculated the employment and compensations ratios of local government workers for every county in New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire local government employment ratios are (from highest to lowest):

  • Coos County, NH (21.0)
  • Sullivan County, NH (16.5)
  • Carroll County, NH (15.1)
  • Belknap County, NH (14.1)
  • Cheshire County, NH (12.7)
  • Strafford County, NH (12.0)
  • Merrimack County, NH (10.4)
  • Grafton County, NH (9.3)
  • Rockingham County, NH (8.2)
  • Hillsborough County, NH (8.0)

The New Hampshire local government compensation ratios are (highest to lowest):

  • Carroll County, NH (30 percent)
  • Coos County, NH (26 percent)
  • Belknap County, NH (17 percent)
  • Merrimack County, NH (8 percent)
  • Rockingham County, NH (7 percent)
  • Cheshire County, NH (7 percent)
  • Sullivan County, NH (5 percent)
  • Strafford County, NH (3 percent)
  • Hillsborough County, NH (-2 percent)
  • Grafton County, NH (-6 percent)

Overall, it is New Hampshire’s low state and local employment and compensation ratio, driven by both low wages and salaries, that is responsible for New Hampshire having the 7th best state and local government workforce productivity index.

Read more about the "government workforce productivity Index" methodology here.

Click here to view our full government workforce data app with details by state, by county, level of government, and over time.

Finally, don’t forget to watch our exclusive time-lapse video of our state and local government workforce productivity index over the last 47 years! See if your state has been above or below the national average?



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