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February 27, 2009
See the layoff warning notice numbers

The State Worker has obtained a breakdown from DPA showing how many employees were designated "surplus" for the purpose of sending out layoff warning notices last week.

A few things worth noting:

The figures for departments with more than 100 surplus employees total more than the original estimate of 20,000 because employees with identical hire dates were all included on the lists.

DPA didn't give us the numbers for departments with 100 or fewer surplus employees. It's the administration's policy to withhold that information for privacy reasons, spokeswoman Lynelle Jolley told us.

And remember, the list follows instructions in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dec. 19 executive order to tag as surplus the least senior 20 percent of the workforce in General Fund departments. The percentage doesn't vary among departments, but, obviously, the number of employees in each department does vary.

Here's the unedited list from DPA:

Depts. with over 100 "surplus" employees:
CORRECTIONS & REHABILITATION--13265
MENTAL HEALTH--2343
EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT DEPT--1723
DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES--1420
GENERAL SERVICES--843
SOCIAL SERVICES--800
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH--658
WATER RESOURCES--570
HEALTH CARE SERVICES--566
PARKS AND RECREATION--533
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS--514
FISH AND GAME--401
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE--388
REHABILITATION--369
VETERANS AFFAIRS--327
WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD--315
AIR RESOURCES BOARD--255
TOXIC SUBSTANCES CONTROL--192
CONSERVATION--123
DEPT OF CHILD SUPPORT SERVICE--113
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOP--112
CA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY--104

Depts. with 1 to 100 "surplus" employees:
AFRO-AMERICAN MUSEUM
AGRICULTURAL LABOR REL BOARD
BUSINESS, TRANS & HOUSING AGY
CA. COASTAL COMMISSION
CA. TAHOE CONSERVANCY
CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION CORPS
CALIFORNIA DEPT OF AGING
CALIFORNIA STATE LIBRARY
COMM ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN
COMMISSION ON STATE MANDATES
COMMUNITY SERVICES/DEVELOPMEN
DELTA PROTECTION COMMISSION
DEPT OF ALCOHOL & DRUG PRGMS
EMERGENCY MED SERVS AUTHORITY
ENVIRNMTL HLTH HAZRD ASSESS
FAIR EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING
FINANCE
HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCES AGY
MANAGED RISK MEDICAL INS BRD
MILITARY DEPARTMENT
MUSEUM OF SCIENCE & INDUSTRY
OFC OF SECTY ENVIRMTL PROTECT
OFF STATE CHIEF INFO OFFICER
OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL
OFFICE OF STW HLTH PLNG & DEV
PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
PUBLIC EMPLMT RELATIONS BOARD
STATE & CONS SVS AGY
STATE LANDS COMMISSION
STATE PERSONNEL BOARD
STATE PUBLIC DEFENDER

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