The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 18, 2010
Column Extra: The CalPERS retirement numbers

Space constraints limit our State Worker column on Thursdays to roughly 425 words, so much of what we learn in the ramp-up to writing never sees print. Column Extras give State Worker blog users more information -- the notes, the quotes, the data and the documents that inform the weekly feature.

Our column in today's fiber/cyber Bee looks at the rise in state employee retirements this year. Below, two tables show CalPERS first-time retirement checks issued over the last few years. The first table shows initial pension checks to all fund members. The second distills state worker numbers.

Note the state worker increase in July 2010. You can figure most of those new retirees applied 30 days to 60 days before they received their first check.

CalPERS Retirements Through October 2010

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