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State's "Actual" Workforce Is Increasing Primarily Due to Growth In Outside Jobs, Report No. 02-14, March 2002
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  • State government is the largest employer in Florida—and that is counting only state employees whose positions are established within state personnel systems or whose jobs are funded by other personal services (OPS) dollars appropriated by the Legislature. 1  Often overlooked are the thousands of “outside” workers, such as employees of state service contractors, grantees, community colleges, and public school districts, whose positions are funded in whole or in part with state dollars. 
  • Based on readily available fiscal and labor market data, we estimate that the combined total of state employees and outside workers supported by state funding increased from 500,389 in Fiscal Year 1996-97 to 540,724 in Fiscal Year 2000-01 (8.1% increase).  This increase was primarily due to growth in outside jobs, which increased from 298,038 to 332,552 jobs (11.6% increase).  The increase in outside jobs was likely due to several factors, including increases in school district employees and the trend to outsource more state functions.

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-28 State Agencies Have Increased Their Use of Other Personal Services Employees, published in April 2007.
  • Report No. 03-19 Special Examination: Measuring the Size and Cost of Florida State and Local Government, published in March 2003.
  • Report No. 01-16 Special Review: Government “Outside” Workforce Exceeds Number of State Personnel System Employees, published in March 2001.
  • Report No. 98-64 Assessing Privatization In State Agency Programs, published in February 1999.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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