The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

September 1, 2010
From the notebook: State hiring patterns in 2010

100831 calculator.JPGAs we reported Tuesday on this blog and again today (with a bit more detail), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday told agency and department heads to clamp down on hiring. In January, the governor ordered departments to cut their payroll costs by 5 percent. Apparently, he wasn't happy to find out on that state government hasn't appreciably shrunk.

(To be fair, twice the number of state workers retired as were hired to full-time permanent positions from January 2009 through June of this year.)

After learning of the governor's meeting, we decided to take another run at the new-hire data used in our Monday report to answer some new questions:

  • How many people joined the state work force for the first time after the governor's Jan. 8 executive order?

  • How many were hired to permanent full-time positions?

  • How many were part-time or temporary workers?

  • Which departments hired the most employees after the January executive order? Which hired the least?

Our the answer to the first question: 6,893. Click here to open spreadsheets that answer the others.

IMAGE:, Rasmus Thomsen

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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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