Oklahoma state agencies cut 609 jobs in first half of 2016

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(AP) — Efforts to cope with a $1.3 billion shortfall in the state budget have led to the elimination of 609 workers from the payrolls of state agencies so far this year.

John Estus, director of public affairs for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, says that through June 28 the number of state employees dropped from 34,569 to 33,960.

The Oklahoman reports (http://bit.ly/29jtAuU ) that figure does not include hundreds of additional state workers who will lose their jobs due to previously announced voluntary buyouts and reduction-in-force plans that are still underway.

A spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Sheree Powell, says that DHS has offered employees three rounds of voluntary buyouts. The first two resulted in the elimination of 445 jobs and left the agency with 7,125 employees.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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