The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 1, 2013
California state workers who retired in July at seven-year low

The number of California state workers who retired during the month of July is at a seven-year low, dropping 54 percent from its peak in July 2010.

However, while the summer monthly numbers have been lower than in previous years, the overall number of retirees for 2013 so far is higher than for the same period last year due to a large number of workers retiring at the beginning of the year.

So far 6,643 state workers have retired this year, a 2.8 percent increase over the same time period last year.

As baby boomers continue to leave the workforce, CalPERS has seen dramatic increases in the number of state workers who are retiring.

The past three years have seen an average of more than 10,900 state workers retire each year. That's up from the previous three years: From 2007 to 2009, an average of nearly 8,400 workers retired each year.

Across the entire CalPERS system, which includes state, local and school district employees, 19,282 workers have retired so far this year, also up 2.8 percent over the same time period last year.

We've embedded the latest spreadsheets and charts below, which include CalPERS data for state, local and school district pension applications and state-only applications. Applications are counted from mid-month to mid-month.

Here is the data:

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