The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 30, 2010
From the notebook: New California state government hires data

From the notebook posts give State Worker blog users insights, notes and quotes that went into news stories that we write.

Our report in today's Bee notes that the state hired nearly 23,000 new-to-government employees in the 18-month period that ended June 30. The overall size of the work force stayed relatively flat. Interestingly, the number of first-ever permanent full-time workers was just a tad more than half the number of employees who retired, according to the State Controller's Office and CalPERS.

Have furloughs and threat of layoffs or minimum wage pushed some workers to the exits more quickly? Probably. And anecdotally we hear that those same policies have tamped down applications for some high-level jobs, such as investment managers at CalPERS. Then there's the accelerating brain drain brought on by the growing wave of boomer-age employees who are retiring,

Click here to download the new hires data we received last Wednesday from the SCO. We originally planned to reference the information for our Thursday State Worker column, but the granular detail of the database prompted us to write a full news story instead.

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