Overall state workforce increased slightly in FY19

Baker administration still down 5% compared to five years ago

THE SIZE OF THE STATE’S workforce is increasing, but it’s still below the level it was at prior to the election of Gov. Charlie Baker.

According to a financial report issued by the state comptroller on Tuesday, the state’s number of full-time equivalent employees rose to 86,120 in fiscal 2019, up less than 1 percent over the previous fiscal year but still nearly 2 percent below the level it was at when Baker came into office.

A chart in the financial report tracked employee levels as of June 30 each year from 2015 through 2019, and broke the overall numbers down by workers in the Baker administration, the judiciary, the other constitutional officers, and the state higher education system.

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Bruce Mohl is the editor of CommonWealth magazine. Bruce came to CommonWealth from the Boston Globe, where he spent nearly 30 years in a wide variety of positions covering business and politics. He covered the Massachusetts State House and served as the Globe’s State House bureau chief in the late 1980s. He also reported for the Globe’s Spotlight Team, winning a Loeb award in 1992 for coverage of conflicts of interest in the state’s pension system. He served as the Globe’s political editor in 1994 and went on to cover consumer issues for the newspaper. At CommonWealth, Bruce helped launch the magazine’s website and has written about a wide range of issues with a special focus on politics, tax policy, energy, and gambling. Bruce is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He lives in Dorchester.

The number of employees under Baker’s control was 42,641 as of June 30, 2019, down nearly 5 percent from 2015. The number of judiciary employees was down 1.4 percent over that same period to 7,164.

By contrast, the number of workers in the state higher education system rose 1.8 percent to 25,229 over the five years, while the number of people employed by constitutional officers (attorney general, treasurer, secretary of state, and auditor) rose 2.3 percent to 11,086. The largest personnel increase in the state education system was 456 at the University of Massachusetts.

The employment analysis appears to be comprehensive, including all employees whose salaries are paid using state, capital, federal, and trust funds. The information was contained in a financial report for fiscal 2019 that was supposed to be issued on October 31 but was delayed 68 days by a legislative stalemate on a close-out budget.