Note: this post is obsolete. You can read a new, more detailed series of posts on state and local government employment and payroll for 2017, 2007 and 1997 starting here:
Since these are Census of Governments years, data is available for every county in New York and New Jersey, and selected counties elsewhere. Continuing with the older post as originally written.
The U.S. Census Bureau released state and local government and payroll data for March 2016 last fall, and I compiled it over the past few weeks to see how things changed between March 2006 and that year. It appears that in New York City some of the reduction in local government employment relative to population was reversed from March 2014 to March 2016. And it appears than New York City’s local government workers became better off in cash pay relative to private sector workers from 2006 to 2016. Benefit costs, particularly those for the retired, were soaring at the same time. I didn’t find the reduction in NYC mass transit employment I expected, based on cuts in service and maintenance. Meanwhile, the number of students per instructional employee fell to 8.4 in New York City and 7.4 in the rest of New York State.
Those are just some tidbits. As is my custom, however, while the spreadsheet with the tables and charts may be downloaded from this post, my analysis and understanding of what it means will be presented in later posts. What I’d like is for people to read the background information presented below, download the spreadsheet, look at the tables, and make up their own minds before reading what I have to say about it.