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Out of Balance?
Employees of state & local government earn an average of 11% and 12% less, respectively, than comparable private sector employees. An analysis spanning two decades shows the pay gap between public and private sector employees has widened in recent years.
These findings are contained in a new report, "Out of Balance? Comparing Public and Private Sector Compensation Over 20 Years"commissioned by the Center for State and Local Government Excellence(Center) and the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS). The co-authors are Dr. Keith Bender, Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Dr. John Heywood, Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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The study provides an original analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and finds that:
Out of Balance also estimates the variation of these trends across some of the largest states – California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas: