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Fewer state workers and higher job turnover in Florida in 2016

SEratioThe state government workforce continued to get smaller Gov. Rick Scott over the past year, and Florida has the fewest full-time state workers in proportion to its population of any state, according to a report released Friday.

The annual workforce report, produced by the state Department of Management Services, includes these findings:

* The total number of full-time state worker positions at the end of the last fiscal year was 97,700, compared to 104,134 in 2012, which was a year after Scott became governor. The actual number of employees was 88,991, which is 5.6 percent below the number in 2012.

* Florida had 101 full and part-time employees per 10,000 residents in 2016, the fewest of any state. The national average is 209.

* The state had 87 full-time employees per 10,000 residents, also the fewest of any state. The national average is 169.

* Employee turnover among career service workers, who make up the largest chunk of full-time state workers, was 11.8 percent last year, the highest percentage since Scott became governor in 2011 and the first time the turnover rate reached double digits.

* Women greatly outnumber men in the state work force but men make more money on average across the board in state government. Among career service workers, the average salary was $37,042 for men and $34,384 for women. The average salary for all state workers was $39,657, which is 3.9 percent higher than it was in 2012.

All statistics in the workforce report are as of June 30, 2016. The full report can be found here.