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2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll

The U.S. Census Bureau conducts the 2015 Annual Survey of Public Employment & Payroll as authorized by Title 13, U.S. Code, Section 182 to provide state and local government data on full-time and part-time employment, part-time hours worked, full-time equivalent employment, and payroll statistics by governmental function for the pay periods that include March 12, 2015. These governmental functions include elementary and secondary education, higher education, police protection, fire protection, financial administration, central staff services, judicial and legal, highways, public welfare, solid waste management, sewerage, parks and recreation, health, hospitals, water supply, electric power, gas supply, transit, natural resources, correction, libraries, air transportation, water transport and terminals, other education, state liquor stores, social insurance administration, and housing and community development.

The survey provides Federal Government data on total employees, full-time employees, and total March payroll by governmental function. There is no detail available for part-time employment, part-time hours worked, full-time equivalent, or full-time or part-time employee payrolls. Three functions apply only to the Federal Government and have no counterpart at the state and local government levels: national defense and international relations, postal service, and space research and technology.

Information is needed by April 30, 2015


Survey Forms

  • E-1 [PDF, 181KB] - State Agencies
  • E-2 [PDF, 220KB] -State Institutions of Higher Education
  • E-3 [PDF, 1181KB] - Special Districts and Local Agencies
  • E-4 [PDF, 279KB] - Municipalities, Counties, Townships
  • E-5 [PDF, 196KB] - Municipalities and Townships
  • E-6 [PDF, 276KB] - School Systems
  • E-7 [PDF, 297KB] - Major Special Districts and Agencies
  • E-8 [PDF, 172KB] - Elementary and Secondary Education
  • E-9 [PDF, 195KB] - Police Protection Agencies
  • E-10 [PDF, 167KB] - College and Other Postsecondary Education

*Data are collected on different survey forms depending on the size and type of government.


2001 - 2014 Forms: 
  • Added the E-5 Municipality and Township form and changed detail collected on the E-6 School Systems form
  • Employment information was only collected on the G-30 survey form for the 2007 Census

1997 - 2000 Forms: 
  • Changed the reference date from October 12 to March 12. Due to the change, there was no survey collected in 1996.

1992 - 1997 Forms: 

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Government Employment & Payroll | |  Last Revised: April 08, 2015