Some 40,000 classified Civil Service employees will see an increase in their paychecks this month — some for the first time in years.

Funding for the 4 percent boost is included in the Jindal administration’s budget that went into effect July 1.

The raise comes as the administration is preparing to implement state health insurance program changes which include increased out-of-pocket expenses for many of the same employees.

The state budget included more than $60 million to cover the cost of the so-called “performance adjustments.”

Employees had to rate successful or exceptional in their job performance in order to get the pay increase.

“These increases are well deserved,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said in a statement. “State employees are the foundation of Louisiana government and I’m happy we are able to recognize them for their success.”

The Jindal administration suspended employee pay raises in state fiscal year 2010-11 and fiscal year 2011-12 because of state budget problems.

Then, last fiscal year the administration allowed departments that could identify funding within appropriated dollars to grant pay increases. That created a patchwork of haves and have-nots depending on which agency an employee worked for.

About half of classified state employees received the 4 percent increase last year, including those working in social service, public safety, transportation, environmental and wildlife agencies, as well as the government’s management arm.

Thousands of employees went without raises for years, including those in the state health agency.

Today, the average pay for a classified employee is about $44,000.

As of the end of June, there were 40,786 classified employees.

The raise went into effect Oct. 1 for all employees who met the performance rating standard. In the past, pay increases were implemented on the anniversary date of an individual’s employment with the state.

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