The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 30, 2008
California state worker ratio second-lowest in the nation

Thumbnail image for Census bureau seal.jpgFrom the Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy, this comment on new U.S. Census Bureau statistics:

In 2007 California had the 2nd lowest number of full-time equivalent state government employees relative to population among all states. California had 103 state employees for every 10,000 residents while Illinois had the lowest ratio at 97.

The data suggest that at the aggregate level California is not "overstaffed" relative to caseloads in the major program areas. Indeed, a stronger case can be made that public
programs are being carried out with less staffing than in most other states.

Read the Center's "Numbers in the News" report by clicking here.

When compared with other states, where should California rank in its ratio of government employees to population?

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Jon Ortiz The Author

Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at


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