Where the Government Workforce Is (And Isn't) Keeping Up With Growth
Per capita public employment dropped the most in Alaska and Arizona, while other states are expanding their workforces.
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Law enforcement deaths jumped this year to the highest total since 2007.
A federal board has proposed a centralized system for tracking spending. If implemented, officials say it could reduce state and local governments' reporting burden and improve data access for citizens.
Recently-released National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows fatalities declined in 31 states in 2010. View current and historical totals for your state.
New data shows Americans are moving to Texas and other states in the South and western U.S. Use our interactive tool to see where residents in your state are moving.
A new report finds many states have made progress in compiling student data, but further improvements are needed for educators to fully utilize education data systems.
How many "clean" jobs are in your area? View detailed numbers compiled by the Brookings Institution and Battelle Technology Partnership.
Education spending per pupil increased about 15 percent between fiscal years 2006 and 2009, but has since dropped. View state-by-state breakdowns of financial figures.
New census data shows areas of the country with highest concentrations of native residents. View detailed data for your community.
New data indicates more Americans are putting plans to move on hold. View mobility data for each state to see how your state compares.
As states continue to post more public information online, government transparency advocates say centralized sites are crucial to help citizens find what they're looking for.
Data released Monday shows revenues for U.S. state and local governments fell more than 22 percent in fiscal year 2009. View a breakdown of financial figures for each state.
New data provides estimates for health insurance coverage for all states, counties in U.S.
The National Levee Database, unveiled to the public on Thursday, includes detailed information on more than 14,000 miles of federal levees.
Fla. Gov. Rick Scott has posted university faculty salaries online, and is now compiling additional data. Some public educators, though, question his motives as the state considers reforms to higher education.
More than 300 federal grants were awarded for transportation projects. View a complete list with projects in your state.
U.S. state and local public employee retirement systems lost $726 billion in fiscal year 2009, according to new data. View figures for each state to see how they compare.
The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new list of jurisdictions required to offer language assistance as mandated by the Voting Rights Act. Check and see if your area is covered.
Local governments lost more jobs in September than any other industry, according to figures released today from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A new report finds an increase in court challenges to agencies withholding information specified in Freedom of Information Act requests.
New census data shows concentrations of public employees throughout the country. Public employee figures vary greatly in different areas, accounting for up to a quarter of the workforce in some states.
Unemployment rates have continued to remain steady for the past several months. Use our new data tool to track unemployment for your state.
According to recently released 2010 U.S. Census data, Nebraska had the highest median income growth out of all 50 states between 2009 and 2010.