The number of state workers entering retirement spiked in January, rising 15 percent over the same month one year ago, according to CalPERS.
The fund's monthly report shows that 2,264 state workers applied for their pensions, compared with 1,970 in January 2012. It was the biggest comparative January increase since 2010, when three-days-per-month furloughs and labor unrest contributed to a 31 percent spike in state retirement applications.
Total retirement applications to CalPERS, which include state and local governments and school district employees, rose 3 percent to 4,657.
The fund counts pension applications from mid-month to mid-month, so the January data includes the last half of December. Many state employees retire during that period because of how CalPERS' times initial cost-of-living-adjustments.
Here's a broader view of monthly state retirement figures dating to 2007, with more detailed spreadsheets at the bottom of the page:
Tip o' the cap to CalPERS' Amy Norris for faithfully shipping retirement data to The State Worker every month.