Iowa’s state workforce shrinks nearly 15 percent in 10 years

An across-the-board budget cut, early retirement incentives and the closing of state institutions have been key factors in shrinking the state of Iowa workforce by nearly 15 percent — or 3,663 full-time-equivalent positions — over the past 10 years, a new report says.

The total full-time positions on the state payroll — not including those employed by the Board of Regents — has fallen to 20,721, according to a report from the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency.

Despite that decrease, personnel costs have increased more than 11 percent, or $200.5 million, during that time period.

When adjusted for inflation using the Consumer Price Index, the Legislative Services Agency said personnel costs have decreased 3.7 percent, or $64.4 million, from 2008.

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