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After Congress left state and local governments out of its massive pandemic relief package last month, new numbers are showing that employment in the hard-hit public sector has continued shrinking.
With little assistance from the federal government, state and local jurisdictions have shed hundreds of thousands of jobs. Now those trends have plateaued as vaccines make their way out to their first recipients.
There have been many success stories about government rapidly and effectively responding to the needs of the pandemic with technology. A new survey sheds some light on how the CARES Act helped make that happen.
A report finds that micromobility grew quickly from 2018 to 2019, though it remains concentrated in relatively few cities. Local governments have also found ways to curb problems such as improper parking and inequity.
The number of people working in local government continues to rise at a slow pace, and remains well below last year's level. However, the incoming administration has promised to prioritize state and local government aid.
If one excludes education, where employment fell, state and local government saw slow gains in jobs in the latest federal report. But the virus is still spreading, and economic recovery is not happening quickly.
Survey data shows that most U.S. counties are either already using chatbots or plan to soon. The COVID-19 pandemic is a big reason why, but their flexibility means they're also serving other purposes.
Federal data show that government was able to quickly transition to telework at rates comparable to many other industries. They also shed light on trends over time, as well as differences at state and local levels.
State and local governments are incrementally working back toward the employment levels they saw before the pandemic, but one organization points out that many job losses have been permanent.
In a regulatory filing, the secretive firm revealed key financial and operational details — including a surprisingly small number of customers and a far greater focus on federal agencies than state and local government.
There's a lot to be worried about in government cybersecurity, but according to IBM, the buildout of modern security infrastructure, more solid planning and thorough testing has started to pay off.
The pandemic has led to the steepest yearly decline in sales tax revenue in at least 24 years, according to a just-released report. And the National League of Cities expects recovery to be slow.
A regularly updated look at how a historic pandemic has changed the public-sector workforce, month by month and sector by sector. Plus, is seasonally adjusted data missing something important?
Even as cases of COVID-19 surged, public-sector employment — like the rest of the economy — continued a slow, steady recovery in July. But state and local governments foresee danger as they prep for next year's budgets.