Is a “Silver Tsunami” Hitting the Public Sector Workforce?

Governing Magazine highlights the widely-trumpeted “silver tsunami” of veteran workers leaving the workplace – citing a recent study suggesting this transformation is already underway.

From the Governing article:

For years, there have been warnings about the forthcoming retirements of a large segment of the public sector’s most experienced workers. Now, it appears those retirements may be accelerating across many state and local governments.

A new Center for State and Local Government Excellence survey indicates that governments are experiencing an uptick in retirements. More than half — 54 percent — of surveyed governments reported an increase in retirements last year from 2014, while just 10 percent reported a decrease.

“The looming talent crisis that we’ve been talking about for years is right on our doorstep,” said Elizabeth Kellar, the center’s president.

Read the report underlying the statistics in the article from the Center for State & Local Government Excellence.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties
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