Capitol Correspondence - 02.20.24

New NCI Workforce Data Released

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The National Core Indicators (NCI) released its newest workforce data as part of the 2022 State of the Workforce Survey. NCI is a collaboration between the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, the Human Services Research Institute, and participating state developmental disability service systems. For its 2022 State of the Workforce Survey, data was reported from 3,633 provider agencies from 29 states and the District of Columbia. 

The data included in the 2022 survey reveals positive trends across the country—likely due to the investments made as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. For 2022, the average turnover rate was 40.9% and the average vacancy rate was 15.3%. These numbers represent a decrease from the 2021 data. In fact, from 2021 to 2022, 22 of the prior 24 states that reported data demonstrated a decrease in turnover rates, and 17 states demonstrated a decrease in their average full-time vacancy rate. As for statewide data on direct support wages, the median hourly wage rose to $15.98. This represents almost a dollar-and-a-half increase from the 2021 median hourly wage of $14.50. 

For more information and to read the entire survey, see the 2022 State of the Workforce Survey.