State government added about 6,800 new employees in the first half of this year, according to data from the State Controller's Office. We've got the details in spreadsheet form that you can download by clicking here.
Some of the departments that added the most workers:
Developmental Services: 280
Forestry and Fire Protection: 341
Mental Health: 466
Parks and Rec: 544
Those numbers reflect appointments where the employee is new to state service, and the spreadsheet has more details about each position. Many are part time or seasonal.
Some hiring may be the result of the quickening retirement rate among state workers, a trend that we reported in this story. Other additions, such as EDD, were driven by higher caseloads.
We're interested in your observations.
California Association of Professional Scientists, which obtained it with a Public Records Acts request from the State Controller's Office, shared the data with The State Worker.