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.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.
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.