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Illinois’s State and Local Government Workforce is the Eleventh “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, Illinois has the eleventh most productive state and local government workforce 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.

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As shown in Chart 1, for state and local government employment in 2016, Illinois employed 14.1 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector (employment ratio) which is -10 percent below the national average of 15.7 and is the 6th lowest ratio in the country.

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

In 2016, #Illinois state & local #government employed 14.1 for every 100 employed in private sector—the 6th lowest ratio in the country and -10% below US average of 15.7 http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #ILpol #ILleg #ILsen #ILgov  (click to tweet)

Additionally, Illinois’s employment ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 2, between 1969 and 2016, the employment ratio increased by 7 percent to 14.1 in 2016 from 13.2 in 1969. This increase is higher than the national average which increased by 2 percent to 15.7 in 2016 from 15.4 in 1969.

Chart 2 Illinois 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 7 percent more than those in the private sector (compensation ratio) which is significantly lower than the national average of 14 percent and is the 18th lowest compensation ratio in the country.

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

In 2016, #Illinois state & local #government compensation was 7% higher than in the private sector—the 18th lowest ratio in the country and below US average of 14% http://bit.ly/2BDEhpN @keypolicydata #ILpol #ILleg #ILsen #ILgov  (click to tweet)

Additionally, Illinois’s compensation ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 4, between 1969 and 2016, the compensation ratio increased by 20 percentage points to 7 percent in 2016 from -13 percent in 1969. This growth rate is faster than the national average which increased by 15 percentage points to 14 percent in 2016 from -1 percent in 1969.

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

As shown in Chart 5, both wages and salaries and benefits contribute to Illinois’s below average government compensation ratio. For state and local wages and salaries in 2016, Illinois employees earn -12 percent less than those in the private sector which is the 14th lowest wages and salaries ratio in the country and lower than the national average of -8 percent.

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

For state and local benefits in 2016, Illinois employees earn 101 percent more than those in the private sector which is -20 percent lower than the national average of 127 percent and is the 22nd lowest 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 Illinois.

The Illinois counties with the highest local government employment ratios include (state average is 11.3):

  • Pulaski County, IL (88.2)
  • Johnson County, IL (82.2)
  • Union County, IL (67.1)
  • Menard County, IL (51.1)
  • Schuyler County, IL (51.0)
  • McDonough County, IL (48.3)
  • Mason County, IL (45.9)
  • Scott County, IL (43.6)
  • Wabash County, IL (41.2)
  • Henderson County, IL (39.7)

The Illinois counties with the lowest local government employment ratios include (state average is 11.3):

  • Madison County, IL (12.1)
  • Moultrie County, IL (12.0)
  • Edwards County, IL (11.9)
  • Sangamon County, IL (11.7)
  • Peoria County, IL (10.8)
  • Cook County, IL (9.9)
  • Adams County, IL (9.5)
  • Brown County, IL (9.1)
  • DuPage County, IL (9.0)
  • Effingham County, IL (7.5)

The Illinois counties with the highest local government compensation ratios include (state average is 3 percent):

  • Jersey County, IL (59 percent)
  • Effingham County, IL (44 percent)
  • Whiteside County, IL (41 percent)
  • Perry County, IL (37 percent)
  • Calhoun County, IL (35 percent)
  • Franklin County, IL (35 percent)
  • Mason County, IL (35 percent)
  • Vermilion County, IL (31 percent)
  • Kendall County, IL (31 percent)
  • St. Clair County, IL (31 percent)

The Illinois counties with the lowest local government compensation ratios include (state average is 3 percent):

  • Jackson County, IL (-21 percent)
  • Jefferson County, IL (-24 percent)
  • De Witt County, IL (-25 percent)
  • McLean County, IL (-26 percent)
  • Tazewell County, IL (-27 percent)
  • Crawford County, IL (-27 percent)
  • Lawrence County, IL (-29 percent)
  • Lake County, IL (-30 percent)
  • Putnam County, IL (-30 percent)
  • Gallatin County, IL (-40 percent)

Overall, it is Illinois’s low employment and compensation ratio, driven by both low wages and salaries and benefits, that is responsible for Illinois having the 11th 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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