Governing RePost: Drowning in Data, Cities Turn to ‘Citizen Scientists’

Government has a data problem. Put simply, it collects so much of it that it struggles to analyze most of it.

Of course, states and localities already use data analytics for a lot of things. Departments of revenue, for instance, rely on it to curb tax fraud. Public schools use it to measure student performance and figure out how to boost grades and graduation rates. Cities turn to it to manage traffic congestion and monitor air pollution. But despite all of this, governments are still collecting vast amounts of data and, well, doing nothing with it…

Ted Newcombe discusses a growing trend in local government data analysis, and some of the advantages – and drawbacks – of calling upon nonexperts to help analyze government data. Read more here.

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Governing RePost: Local government employment picking up

Good news for our friends and colleagues working in local government (and more importantly, for those looking for work in local government): 2016 has seen the pace of hiring pick up quite a bit.

In August, the sector added 24,000 jobs, while July estimates were revised for a monthly gain of 43,000 positions nationally. Total local government employment, including education, has expanded by about 1 percent so far this year.

Growth in hiring among schools, in particular, appears to have accelerated after changing little over the first half of the year. Aggregate totals increased by 12,000 jobs last month and 35,000 in July.

Mike Maciag over at Governing.com outlines how the picture has improved from 2008. So if you’ve been waiting to throw your hat into the local government hiring ring, your wait may be over.

Interested in Governing.com? Check it out here.

Interested in local or state employment? Check out the State of Oregon Job Seekers page.

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