More than 8,400 classified state employees have been laid off since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office, state Civil Service reported Wednesday.
Jindal mainly shrunk the workforce through moving many traditional state government activities to the private sector. Most of the activity occurred in the prior two state fiscal years and were associated with LSU hospital public-private partnership deals.
The Civil Service report reflects activity relating to only classified, rank-and-file employees from the 2008-09 fiscal year – Jindal’s first – through May.
During the period, 13,615 jobs were targeted for elimination. Some were vacant and some employees decided to leave prior to being laid off. The result: 8,431 actual layoffs where employees lost state jobs.
Today, there are 40,653 classified employees.
Layoff numbers are at their lowest since Jindal took office during the current fiscal year which ends June 30.
Through May, there have been 67 employee layoffs, according to Civil Service. Most of them have been at the Office of Group Benefits, the state Department of Transportation and Development and the Offices of State Forestry and State Library.
The peak came between fiscal year 2012-13 and 2013-14 when more than 6,100 employees lost state jobs.