March | April 2017

Cuts and Balances in State Workforce

Many states cut the number of full-time employees over the course of the recession, but some balanced those cuts with increases in the number of part-time employees. Maine, for instance, decreased its full-time workforce by nearly 15 percent from 2007 to 2011, but increased part-time employees by nearly 33 percent over that same time period. Its net change in full-time equivalent employment was an increase of 6.63 percent. But Maine wasn’t the leader in adding part-time workers during the 2007 to 2011 time period—both South Dakota and Pennsylvania increased their part-time workforces by more than 33 percent. New Mexico was the only state to cut both full-time and part-time workers, and it had the largest drop in FTE, or full-time equivalent, employment at 10.45 percent.