More than 900 state jobs eliminated since layoffs began

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.