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Kentucky’s State and Local Government Workforce is the Twenty-Fourth “Least 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, Kentucky has the twenty-fourth least 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, Kentucky employed 16.6 employees for every 100 employees in the private sector (employment ratio) which is 6 percent above the national average of 15.7 and is 24th highest Ratio in the country.

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

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Additionally, Kentucky’s employment ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 2, between 1969 and 2016, the employment ratio increased by 4 percent to 16.6 in 2016 from 15.9 in 1969. This is a slightly faster growth rate than the national average which increased by 2 percent to 15.7 in 2016 from 15.4 in 1969.

 Chart 2 Kentucky 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, Kentucky government employees earn 12 percent more than those in the private sector (compensation ratio) which is -14 percent lower than the national average of 14 percent and is the 24th highest compensation ratio in the country.

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

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Additionally, Kentucky’s compensation ratio has been increasing. As shown in Chart 4, between 1969 and 2016, the compensation ratio increased by 16 percentage points to 12 percent in 2016 from -4 percent in 1969. This growth rate is slightly faster than the national average which increased by 15 percentage points to 14 percent in 2016 from -1 percent in 1969.

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

As shown in Chart 5, it is state and local benefits that are responsible for Kentucky’s below average government compensation ratio. For state and local wages and salaries in 2016, Kentucky employees earn on -7 percent less than those in the private sector which is the 25th highest wages and salaries ratio in the country and slightly higher than the national average of -8 percent.

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

For state and local benefits in 2016, Kentucky employees earn 100 percent more than those in the private sector which is -21 percent lower than the national average of 127 percent and is the 21st 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 Kentucky.

The Kentucky counties with the highest local government employment ratios include (state average is 10.6):

  • Owsley County, KY (64.0)
  • Elliott County, KY (57.4)
  • Jackson County, KY (52.7)
  • Edmonson County, KY (52.2)
  • Menifee County, KY (49.5)
  • Nicholas County, KY (46.8)
  • Magoffin County, KY (45.9)
  • Robertson County, KY (43.0)
  • McCreary County, KY (42.7)
  • Spencer County, KY (40.4)

The Kentucky counties with the lowest local government employment ratios include (state average is 10.6):

  • Simpson County, KY (9.4)
  • Boyle County, KY (9.2)
  • Carroll County, KY (9.0)
  • Scott County, KY (8.5)
  • Laurel County, KY (8.4)
  • Warren County, KY (8.1)
  • Fayette County, KY (6.8)
  • McCracken County, KY (6.7)
  • Jefferson County, KY (6.1)
  • Boone County, KY (6.1)

The Kentucky counties with the highest local government compensation ratios include (state average is 6 percent):

  • Elliott County, KY (56 percent)
  • Taylor County, KY (54 percent)
  • McCreary County, KY (46 percent)
  • Calloway County, KY (44 percent)
  • Lyon County, KY (40 percent)
  • Wolfe County, KY (39 percent)
  • Magoffin County, KY (38 percent)
  • Hardin County, KY (37 percent)
  • Larue County, KY (34 percent)
  • Hickman County, KY (34 percent)

The Kentucky counties with the lowest local government compensation ratios include (state average is 6 percent):

  • Gallatin County, KY (-13 percent)
  • Union County, KY (-13 percent)
  • Livingston County, KY (-15 percent)
  • Mercer County, KY (-15 percent)
  • Trimble County, KY (-21 percent)
  • Scott County, KY (-23 percent)
  • Webster County, KY (-25 percent)
  • Ballard County, KY (-27 percent)
  • Carroll County, KY (-29 percent)
  • Hancock County, KY (-39 percent)

Overall, it is Kentucky’s higher than average employment ratio that is the primary reason for Kentucky having the 24th worst 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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