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U.S. Federal Employment Related To Higher Financial Well-Being


Financial Well-Being: Federal Workers vs. Non-Federal Workers




” U.S. federal government workers are thriving in their financial well-being more than the rest of the workforce. On average, 44% of federal government employees are thriving financially, compared with 34% of all other workers in the U.S.

  These findings are based on more than 80,000 interviews conducted with U.S. adults, aged 18 and older, who were employed full time from Feb. 16, 2014-Feb. 15, 2015 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. For each of the five elements of well-being, Gallup classifies respondents as “thriving” (well-being that is strong and consistent), “struggling” (well-being that is moderate or inconsistent), or “suffering” (well-being that is low and inconsistent).

  Federal pay has been a topic of debate for years, with differing accounts of whether federal employees are paid more, no more or less than non-federal employees. However, financial well-being is not a direct report of salary, benefits or overall compensation. It is a composite of responses to the perceptions of standards of living, affordability of basic necessities and financial woes based on region of country, family size, cost of living, debt and various other factors that go into subjective assessments of financial situations.

  Given this description, it is possible for a person to have a higher salary but experience lower financial well-being. But for those who experience higher levels of financial well-being, they feel as if they can spend time and energy addressing other facets of well-being in their day-to-day lives, including their purpose, social, community and physical well-being. These data show that federal employment is likely associated with higher levels of economic stability and reductions in the stress of providing for a comfortable lifestyle because federal workers report higher financial well-being.”



    Lest anyone think otherwise , the tables have turned and it is you and I that are working for them . Gallup has the details .














The Dakotas Top The List Of Happiest U.S. States, With West Virginia At The Bottom

The art of happiness: The northern green states are in the top quintile for well-being, while the states in red are at the bottom



” An annual survey that measures Americans’ sense of well-being has revealed that North Dakota and not longtime frontrunner Hawaii is the state with the most contented people.

  The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index showed that in 2013, North Dakota scored highest, followed closely by its southern neighbor South Dakota.

  Hawaii trailed the Upper Midwestern states in eighth place, while for the fifth year in a row West Virginia and Kentucky had the two lowest scores.”


    This annual poll seems to show a great deal of mobility in terms of change from one year to the next as the chart below demonstrates … witness Wyoming’s drop from 13th in 2012 all the way down to 34th last year while North Dakota was the champ in terms of upward mobility , gaining 18 spots from 19th in 2012 to 1st last year .

   The categories used to make Gallup’s happiness determinations include emotional health, work environment, physical health, healthy behaviors and basic access to services .


What a difference a year makes: Some states made remarkable progress from 2012 to 2013, but the bottom three remained the same

     Perhaps the most startling revelation lies with the fact that three states showed no movement at all … those being the bottom three , Mississippi , Kentucky and West Virginia at numbers 48 , 49 and 50 respectively , with Kentucky and West Virginia holding the bottom two spots for the past five years . The Daily Mail has the details .