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Table 1. National Summary of State Public
Employee Retirement System Finances: Fiscal Year 2008
(Thousand Dollars)
 
Source: 2008 Annual Survey of Public Employee Retirement Systems. Data users who create their
own estimates using data from this report should cite the U.S. Census Bureau as the source of the original
data only. The data in this table are based on information from public records and contain no confidential data.
Additional information on sampling error, nonsampling error, and response rates may be
found at http://www.census.gov/govs/retire/how_data_collected.html.

Item Amount Percent
Total receipts 56,645,613 100.0%
Employee contributions 31,639,290 55.9%
Government contributions 64,095,752 113.2%
State government contributions 28,340,230 50.0%
Local government contributions 35,755,522 63.1%
Earnings on investments(1) (39,089,429) -69.0%

Total payments 157,459,093 100.0%
Benefits 143,453,487 91.1%
Withdrawals 3,260,178 2.1%
Other payments 10,745,428 6.8%

Total cash and investment holdings 2,670,483,906 100.0%

Cash and short-term investments 66,321,984 2.5%

Total securities 2,237,097,553 83.8%
Governmental securities 197,554,688 7.4%
Federal government 196,302,107 7.4%
United States Treasury 119,174,614 4.5%
Federal agency 77,127,493 2.9%
State and local government 1,252,581 0.0%
Nongovernmental 2,039,542,865 76.4%
Corporate bonds 431,406,612 16.2%
Corporate stocks 951,034,623 35.6%
Mortgages 9,476,389 0.4%
Funds held in trust 58,585,393 2.2%
Foreign and international 396,971,226 14.9%
Other nongovernmental 192,068,622 7.2%

Other investments 367,064,369 13.7%
Real property 79,794,658 3.0%
Miscellaneous investments 287,269,711 10.8%

Pension Obligations 2,912,759,428 100.0%

Covered Payroll 535,940,463 100.0%

(1) The total of "net earnings" is a calculated statistic (the item code in the data file is X08),
and thus can be positive or negative. Net earnings is the sum of earnings on investments plus
gains on investments minus losses on investments. The change made in 2002 for asset valuation
from book to market value in accordance with Statement 34 of the Governmental Accounting Standards
Board is reflected in the calculated statistics.
 
Data Created: February 25, 2011
Data Last Revised: April 22, 2011


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Annual Survey of Public Retirement Systems | 1 (888) 529-1963 | govs.retire@census.gov |  Last Revised: 4/22/11 April 27, 2011