The 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.