Rick Scott allows Florida to become the most under-staffed state in the U.S.

From the Herald Tribune‘s Lloyd Dunkelberger, 02/26/2016:

The annual report from the state Department of Management Services shows the positions in the main personnel system for state workers has declined by nearly 11,000 jobs or 10 percent to 98,092 jobs in the last five years under Scott.

The broader state workforce, which also includes the state university system, the courts, the Legislature and the Lottery, shows a more moderate five-year decline of little over 4 percent, with a total of 160,704 positions through 2015.

It’s a smaller decline because some segments have grown, including a 1,800 position gain in the state university system.

By all statistical measures, Florida’s main state workforce remains proportionately one of the smallest in the nation. Florida has the smallest ratio of state workers, 105 to every 10,000 state residents, in the nation. The national average is 209 workers.

Yet at the same time, Florida has the second highest population growth rate among the largest states, measured at 1.49 percent in the annual period ending in July 2014, trailing only Texas at 1.7 percent. Overall, Florida’s growth rate ranked fifth among all states in that period.

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