Wash. executive branch employment down 10 percent

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The number of workers in state government is dropping as more budget cuts take effect.

The Olympian newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/qXa3WM) that state executive branch employment has fallen nearly 10 percent in the past three years, since the recession forced the Legislature to make deep cuts in nearly every part of government.

The Department of Personnel says the number of full- and part-time workers in the executive branch, which includes most general government agencies, was 60,305 in July. That’s down 401 people from June and reflects some cuts the Legislature made this year to close a $5 billion shortfall.

The monthly report said yearly pay now averages $53,400 for full-time workers.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com