New figures show about 9,300 state employees have taken or are scheduled to take furloughs already this fiscal year, which began last week. Another 120 either have been or will be laid off.
And that’s before Gov. Sonny Perdue is expected to order more spending cuts. Those figures don’t include the massive University System, which has more than 40,000 employees and is seeing layoffs as well.
Figures obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution show roughly 32,000 state employees had to take days off without pay during fiscal 2009 because of the state’s budget crisis. That’s about half of the non-University System employees in state government. Another 350 workers were laid off during fiscal 2009, which ended June 30.
The figures don’t include University System staffers because they were not immediately available. But Georgia State University announced in May it was laying off 30 staffers.
The number of furloughs and layoffs this fiscal year will likely grow, and probably soon.