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State government FTEs compared to population

State Government Employment Including Higher Education

Fiscal
Year
State
Government
FTEs
2018 114,988
2017 113,731
2016 111,204
2015 110,537
2014 108,893
2013 107,568
2012 105,920
2011 107,494
2010 109,973
2009 112,546
2008 111,420
2007 108,693
2006 106,641
2005 106,769
2004 105,077
2003 104,263
2002 103,818
2001 102,042
2000 99,928
1999 97,900
1998 95,023

Operating and Capital Budget

  • The number of full-time equivalent (FTE) state employees has generally tracked closely with growth in the state's total population.
  • While total population growth is a reasonable indicator of demand for state government services, growth of select population groups may further drive up demand for specific services like higher education, public assistance, or prisons.
  • The moderation in State Government full-time equivalent employment since 2009 has been a result of general revenue impacts in the aftermath of the "great" recession.
  • Since rebounding in 2013, State Government full-time equivalent employment reached a level in 2018 that exceeded its pre-recession peak (2009) by 2.2 percent.

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Last modified: January 8, 2019
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