The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 13, 2011
California pension systems' assets fell 27 percent in 2009

The California's state and local public employee retirement systems had $470 billion in cash and investment holdings in 2009, down 27 percent from $643 billion in 2008, according to new statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Nationwide, state and local government retirement systems saw their cash and investments lose a collective $726 billion, falling to $2.5 trillion in 2009. The 23 percent drop in 2009 followed a $177 billion loss for the funds in 2008.

The data come from the Local Public Employee Retirement Systems Survey, which takes an annual snapshot of the financial activity and membership information of the nation's state and local public employee retirement systems. The figures include funds' revenues, expenditures and investment holdings nationally and broken out by state and local government categories.

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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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