An audit says an older work force and an improving economy have combined to push state employee turnover last year to levels not seen in Texas since 2000.
The State Auditor's Office on Wednesday released its fiscal 2013 jobs report.
According to the report, 17.6 percent of state workers left their jobs in 2013, up from a low of 14.4 percent during the depths of the economic recession in 2009. The audit did not examine the work force at Texas' colleges and universities.
The biggest factor in the increased turnover was the state's aging work force. Nearly 4,900 state employees retired in 2013.
Employees who left for another job cited better pay or benefits as the top reason for their departure.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com
Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.