Alabama state employees drop 1.3 percent

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The number of state employees in Alabama
has declined for the first time in five years.

The state comptroller's office reports there were 503 fewer
state employees on Sept. 30 than at the same time a year ago.

Alabama's government employed 38,503 people at the end of fiscal
2009 on Sept. 30. That represented a declined of 1.3 percent from a
year earlier.

A decline last occurred in fiscal 2004. That decrease and the
recent one coincided with the state government experiencing
financial problems.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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