The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 27, 2011
CalPERS counts fewer state worker retirements in June

About 9 percent fewer state workers applied for retirement this June than in June 2010, but the total number of new state retirees so far this year has slightly outpaced the figure from the first half of 2010.

According to CalPERS data, 810 state workers filed for retirement between May 16 and June 15, compared to 892 during the same period last year. Overall, a dozen more workers -- 5,903 -- started collecting pensions in the first half of 2011 than in 2010. The fund's new retirement numbers run from mid-month to mid-month.

State workers account for only about a third of CalPERS members, however. Across the entire system, a total of 14,420 public-sector workers filed for retirement during the first half of this year -- 185 fewer than in the first half of 2010.

The chart below shows the overall increase in retirements among the state workforce in recent years.

View the complete data table from CalPERS here.

Check back tomorrow for July numbers, which appear to be significantly down from a record high in 2010.

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