More than 900 full-time state employees have been laid off since the Executive and Judicial branches began downsizing earlier this spring, according to reports issued late this week. In addition, 61 temporary workers have lost their jobs.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration has served layoff notices to 680 workers to date, the Office of Policy and Management reported Thursday.

Almost 60 percent of those layoffs have been spread across four major social services departments, including:

  • 127 at Children and Families;
  • 113 at Developmental Services;
  • 78 at Social Services;
  • 76 at Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The University of Connecticut also has ordered 89 layoffs at its health center in Farmington.

The Department of Correction has ordered the most layoffs of any Executive Branch department to date with 187.

Smaller numbers of workers also have been laid off at: the Department of Economic and Community Development; the Military Department; the Office of Governmental Accountability; and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

The governor has said he expects to issue about 1,900 to 2,000 pink slips between mid-April and mid-June to help balance state finances in the fiscal year that begins July 1. Malloy also has said he expects another 500 to 600 positions to be eliminated through retirements and hiring restrictions.

The Judicial Branch also has been downsizing in response to funding cuts in the new state budget.

Court officials have ordered 239 layoffs to date. Jobs eliminated include: various juvenile detention facility staff; food services assistants; judicial marshal trainees and other security personnel; clinical and case management coordinators; family relations counselors; probation officers; and other specialists.

And court officials announced Friday that 61 temporary employees, including court recording monitors — who run audio recording devices during proceedings — and court clerks, would end their service on June 22.

Keith has spent most of his 31 years as a reporter specializing in state government finances, analyzing such topics as income tax equity, waste in government and the complex funding systems behind Connecticut’s transportation and social services networks. He has been the state finances reporter at CT Mirror since it launched in 2010. Prior to joining CT Mirror Keith was State Capitol bureau chief for The Journal Inquirer of Manchester, a reporter for the Day of New London, and a former contributing writer to The New York Times. Keith is a graduate of and a former journalism instructor at the University of Connecticut.

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