ON-Lion Letter
Just how much job security comes with a state job in Wisconsin?  Plenty, according to an analysis of discharge and layoff termination data from the state’s central payroll system, conducted by the MacIver News Service in mid-December.

In 2010, only 90 permanent state employees out of a pool of approximately 36,000 lost their jobs.  Cumulatively in the last five years, only 419 permanent employees were discharged from the 29 different state agencies that utilize the Department of Administration's (DOA's) central payroll system, which includes more than half of the state's 69,000+ public employees.  DOA's system does not include the University of Wisconsin System, the court system, or the state legislature.

Layoffs are also rare in state service.  A review of DOA payroll data shows that in 2010, as Wisconsin's private-sector employees struggled in the continuing recession, only 31 state employees were laid off.

The MacIver News Service is part of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, which is substantially supported by Milwaukee's Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
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