Current Government Employment Statistics – July 2015

Current Government Employment Statistics – July 2015

Latest employments statistics report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed government employment remained flat in July. Employment at the federal, state, and local levels changed little over the month. Government added 62,000 jobs over the past 12 months, with the majority of the employment gain occurring in state government education and local government, excluding education.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 215,000 in July. Retail trade, health care, professional and technical services, and financial activities added jobs. The employment change for June revised …

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How Can Citizens Participate in Local Government?

How Can Citizens Participate in Local Government?

Local governments are fortunate to have many citizens who volunteer their time and abilities to assist governments in delivering programs and essential government services. Volunteers save governments millions of dollars annually reducing the cost of services that governments provide because volunteers enable government to get more for each tax dollar collected.

Not only does government benefit through volunteers’ efforts, so do the volunteers. Volunteering results in new friendships and contacts, allows people to satisfy talents and abilities, helps develop new skills, and gives volunteers a sense …

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Current Government Employment Statistics – June 2015

Current Government Employment Statistics – June 2015

The latest employments statistics report issued by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed government employment remained unchanged in June 2015, with little change at the federal, state, and local levels. Government employment has changed little over the past 12 months, with 55,000 government jobs added or an increase of 0.3 percent. In contrast, private sector employment rose by 2.5 percent during the same period.

Looking at overall employment activity, nonfarm employment increased by 223,000 in June. Employment gains occurred in professional and business services, healthcare, …

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Do Government Workers Live Longer?

Do Government Workers Live Longer?

Did you know most states and municipalities assume their workers will live longer than private sector workers?

A report by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College took a look at the mortality of public sector workers vs those in the private sector. The report uses data from the National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS) to analyze public versus private sector mortality.

When using the 11-year Mortality Rates for 55-64 Year Old Workers, the data supports the notion that public sector workers live longer. Public sector men ages …

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State and Local Government Hiring Picks Up

State and Local Government Hiring Picks Up

For the second year in a row, state and local governments are reporting an increase in hiring. Pressure on benefits continues, with employees taking on greater shares of health care costs and contributions to pensions. As a large portion of the workforce becomes eligible for retirement, there is a greater sense of urgency about recruitment, retention, and succession planning.

“State and Local Government Workforce:  2015 Trends” [pdf] is an annual survey conducted in March/April 2015 by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence, …

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State IT Workforce Recruitment and Retention

State IT Workforce Recruitment and Retention

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) State IT Workforce: Facing Reality with Innovation on the current landscape of the state Information Technology (IT) workforce.

This report highlights the current landscape of the state IT workforce and lists innovative techniques state IT agencies are using to recruit and retain both entry level and highly skilled personnel.

When states were asked if they were having difficulty recruiting new employees to fill vacant IT positions, 86% said yes. This is a dramatic increase from the 2011 report …

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Government vs. Private Sector Interviews

Government vs. Private Sector Interviews

There are notable differences between a government interview and a private sector interview.  Here are some major differences between the two.

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Government Interviews
Private Sector Interviews

The duration of the hiring process can be lengthy.
The time taken to complete interviews and hire a prospective candidate can be short if the right candidate is found quickly.

The job postings are posted on the US government job portals.
Here the corporate job openings are posted on major private job portals.

Screening …

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Tips for Government Interviews

Tips for Government Interviews

A government interview is the best opportunity to prove you are the right public sector professional for the government job you applied for. Be well prepared for the government interview, so that you can showcase your public sector professional skills and personal qualities efficiently and project yourself as a unique public sector professional among the entire interview field. To convert the government job interview into a job offer, you need to effectively relate your governmental skills and potential with respect to requirements of the city …

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The Personality of a City Manager

The Personality of a City Manager

The City Manager should be trustworthy, respectful, ethical, and having good approachable character and integrity. He/she should possess strong listening skills and possess the ability to communicate with the Mayor, the City Council, community members, and staff at all levels. The ideal City Manager will be accountable not only to the City Council, but also to the public in general. The City Manager should possess excellent planning skills and thorough understanding of community development. Following are the necessary personality qualities that any individual should possess …

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Unique Government Jobs: Horticulture Jobs

Unique Government Jobs: Horticulture Jobs

Public sector jobs are not synonymous with sitting in an office. There are positions in the public sector where employees rarely step foot inside an office. An Horticulturist holds one of those positions.

Horticulturist are people who have advanced knowledge of flowers, trees, shrubs and grass. Often they cultivate and maintain gardens. In the public sector they may be responsible for the layout and vegetation of city parks, or ensuring that city trees are healthy and free of blights.

Since Horticulture is a science, a degree in …

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