The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

March 19, 2012
The incredible shrinking state workforce

The greater Sacramento area has lost state government jobs at a slower rate than California as a whole, according to a comparison of January payroll data over a two-year span.

The number of state pay warrants issued to employees working in Sacramento, El Dorado, Place and Yolo counties fell about 3.8 percent in January of this year compared the same month in 2010. Statewide the number of warrants fell 5.5 percent.

We made the comparison out of curiousity as we were reporting our Sunday state jobs story, which you can read by clicking here.

Here's the controller's pay data for January 2010, 2011 and 2012 and numbers for the four-county Sacramento region:

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Jon Ortiz The Author

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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