October 17, 2017

Governing Younger Workers

 The Young and the Restless by Zach Patton

There are proven ways to recruit and retain the emerging generation. Most states and localities don’t seem to know about them.

Two years ago, the American workforce passed a major milestone. A majority of the nation’s workers now come from Generation X, born between 1965 and 1977, or Generation Y, born between 1978 and 1990. This shouldn’t come as a shock to many people — baby boomers can’t stay on the job forever — but for many, it takes some getting used to. Nevertheless, it’s reality.

Except in state and local government. There, it’s a very different scene. The average age of local managers has actually risen dramatically over the past several years. In 1971, 45 percent of local government managers were in their thirties, according to the International City/County Management Association. By 2000, only 16 percent were. Thirty-five years ago, 26 percent of managers were under 30, but by the turn of this century, only 2 percent were. The story at the state level is similar.

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