State Employee Numbers Fall

New Mexico – The Legislative Finance Committee reports there has been a more than 6 percent drop in state employees since New Mexico imposed a hiring freeze in late 2008.

The number of state workers declined by 1,664 from December 2008 to April of this year, according to a committee newsletter issued Tuesday.

There were 25,808 employees on the state payroll when the freeze was imposed to help the state cut expenses and balance the budget.

The LFC said the Public Education Department had a 16 percent drop in employees. That's the largest reduction of the 20 biggest state agencies.

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