The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

June 12, 2009
Column extra: Links for info on wages, union trends and more

Thumbnail image for computer_desk.gifOur column in Thursday's Bee was the third of a three-part series on state worker pay and benefits, but there's a wealth of information on the Web for folks who want to do their own research.

Here are a few sites to get you started:

The California Department of Finance Reports and Periodicals page


The U.S. Census Bureau's State & Local Governments page

Economic Indicators

The Bureau of Labor Statistics

Sidenote: The BLS on Wednesday released its "Employer Costs for Employee Compensation Summary" for March 2009. Click here and then scroll down for a list of data available, including stuff on state and local government employees.

We'll tap The Bee's research guru and I-Tools Tips blogger Pete Basofin for others and we'll share what he finds here or over on his Web site. And if blog users have any good links for similar data, send 'em our way.

Thanks to TSW blog user CS for suggesting this post.


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About The State Worker

Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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