Number of Kansas government workers grew last year

Old Kansas Statehouse

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The number of people working for Kansas state government increased last year but most of the growth was in temporary jobs with no benefits.

The Kansas Department of Administration says the state employed 69,974 people in fiscal year 2013. That includes both regular and temporary employees. That’s an increase of 143 from the previous fiscal year.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/15JXthX ) the state cut 937 regular positions but added 1,080 temporary positions last fiscal year. Of the temporary jobs, 103 included benefits and 977 didn’t.

The report shows the state shifted toward unclassified employees, who are not protected by the civil service system from being fired or demoted. The state had 989 fewer classified employees in fiscal 2013, and 1,132 more unclassified employees. That includes temporary and full-time employees.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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