Incredible shrinking workforces
I’ve read in a few places that state and local governments were reducing the number of full-time employees and hiring more part-time workers. There is a story in the Dayton Daily News that nicely details the trend:
The data show that both the state and local Ohio governments attempted to get the work done by hiring more part-time employees. While local governments shed a little more than 11,000 full-time employees, they added almost 6,000 part-timers, a 4.6 percent increase. The state, meanwhile chopped close to 1,400 full-time workers and added 386 part-timers, a half-percent increase, according to Census data.
Ohio’s government job-shedding put it in the top third of the 50 states, although margins of error from the Census survey data make exact rankings impossible.
“This has been going on for years,” said Stanley Earley, Dayton deputy city manager.
In Dayton, the number of general fund employees, which includes police officers and firefighters, has shrunk from 1,898 people in 2001 to 1,313 people in March 2010, Earley said.