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2014 Retirement Confidence Survey of the State and Local Government Workforce

August 2014 | by Paul J. Yakoboski and Joshua M. Franzel


This report analyzes data from a recent survey initiative that examined the employment and retirement planning and saving experiences of state and local government workers, as well as their confidence in their retirement income prospects. One-third of public sector employees have been with their current employer for less than 10 years and one-third for 20 years or longer. When considering the future, two-thirds do not expect to leave their current employer anytime soon. Respondents ranked job security, health insurance, retirement benefits, and salary as the most important job elements they would consider in deciding whether to switch employers. The vast majority of state and local employees are covered by a primary defined benefit pension plan and expect to receive retiree health care benefits; one-quarter of these workers reported changes to these benefits over the past two years and one-quarter expect (more) changes in the next two years.


Paul J. Yakoboski, Ph.D.
Senior Economist
TIAA-CREF Institute
Joshua M. Franzel, Ph.D.
Vice President of Research
Center for State and Local Government Excellence

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