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State employees at a glance, courtesy of the state controller

State Controller John Chiang’s office, which tracks state payroll data, noted that there were 238,575 active state employees during April and nearly a third of them lived in Sacramento. The figures were contained in the controller’s monthly update and reflect the figures from the April 30 check-write.

Sacramento topped the counties for the number of active employees, clocking in at 74,364 people working either full or part time as well intermittent and indeterminate workers.  The count includes state government and judicial court workers, but excludes employees of the California State University system. Next on the county list is Los Angeles with 23,955 employees followed by San Bernardino with 11,808.  

The county with the least number of state employees, beating out Alpine by one worker, is Sierra,  with 48 state employees.

The 238,575 total active employees, a figure that excludes the California State University system, is made up of 210,329 active employees, 3,406 part-time, 24,796 intermittent and 49 indeterminate workers. There are 422 California employees working out of state, mostly tax workers auditing companies that also do business outside of California.  In April there were 152 workers in Chicago, 163 in New York and 107 simply ‘out of state.’  By department, Corrections employs the most people, with 63,296 workers located at various facilities throughout the state.  

Some 21,995 state employees in various districts make up Caltrans.

The California Highway Patrol records its manpower at 11,172 employees, 11,070 of them full-time, 60 part-time and 42 intermittent. The state Department of Mental Health maintains 11,067 employees currently, mostly located at the state’s various mental hospitals.   

With more than 400 service stations across the state, the Employment Development Department has 10,784 workers. The Department of Motor Vehicles is still towards the top of the list in terms of employees, with 9,284 workers As a whole, the state’s employees were paid a net monthly wage of $951,609,292 in April 2010.  This doesn’t include the $130,762,881 or $42,729,204 of withheld Federal and State taxes.


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