State Explains Increased Employment Numbers

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Officials with some Kansas agencies say an increase in state employment in the last fiscal year was caused largely by reorganization and student employment.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported last week that the state had a total of 69,974 temporary and regular people at the beginning of fiscal year 2013. That’s an increase of 143 from fiscal 2012.

The Department for Children and Families had 348 fewer employees. A spokeswoman for the department says 125 of those jobs were transferred to the Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Three of the state’s universities increased employees in fiscal 2013. Andy Tompkins, head of the Kansas Board of Regents, says most of the increase was students, teaching and research assistants, and temporary nonstudent workers under federal grants or contracts.

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