The fresh ideas in Sacramento County government will have to come from older workers.
In just four years, the proportion of county government workers under 30 has fallen from 15 percent to 5 percent.
The culprits are layoffs based on seniority and hiring freezes. Young workers accounted for half of the net loss in county workers from 2007 to 2011. Today, the county employs about 615 workers under 30, compared to about 1,800 in 2007, according to the latest actuarial valuation from the county retirement system.
Laying off more older workers would have deprived the county of experience. Cutting younger workers leaves the county with a potential talent gap in future years, and contributes to the woes of new college grads who trained for a government career.