SPEED READ: A National Association of State Chief Administrators survey shows that state government job postings rose 11 percent from 2013 to 2017. Meanwhile, the number of people applying to state jobs dropped by 24 percent. CAOs cited noncompetitive salaries, negative perceptions about public service and insufficient recruitment as reasons.  

At a time when the unemployment rate is a low 3.8 percent, the public sector is falling far behind in its desperate search for talented employees.

Even though postings for state government jobs rose 11 percent from 2013 to 2017, the number of applicants for those jobs dropped by 24 percent, according to a study that will be released this afternoon by the National Association of State Chief Administrators (NASCA).

The chief administrative officers

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