Pioneer Exclusive: After Dozens of Rounds of Layoffs, More State Employees Than Before

By Michael Morisy

June 22nd, 2011

Even after dozens of rounds of layoffs and promises of cutbacks state employment continued to be a growth industry in Massachusetts through the recession, according to analysis of data from the Comptroller of the Commonwealth and from the Human Resources Division. Several state departments, after a dozen or more layoffs, actually ended up with an increased headcount…

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  • That should be the headline. How about shopping this story over to the globe and the herald.

  • Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno

    Adjusted for inflation there really aren’t more employees.

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    For example, the Department of Workforce Development underwent 13 rounds of layoffs totaling 83 employees being let go. But between the first and last rounds of layoffs, in 2006 and 2010 respectively, the department actually grew by 70 to 1370 employees.

    With hundreds of thousands of additional claims for unemployment there definitely needed to be more workers at the DWD.  Its too bad with all the extra help they couldn’t find time to sift out the phony claims.  I was unemployed for 16 months and never once was I asked if I had applied for a a job anywhere.  They never once asked me to provide proof that I was looking by offering a company name of HR professional.  

    Where state layoffs occur it is usually just a case of re-assigning a worker to a different lcoation.  They budget for new workers doing new things, and then try to demonstrate that they are cutting by firing a person from one job and re-assigning them to another job with a new classification or status.  Government shell game…..