Thursday, July 3, 2008

State hiring freeze ends with new budget year

Louisiana's state government hiring freeze is over. The freeze, ended with the start of the new budget year this week.

However, fewer jobs will be available to fill in state government. The state's budget this year includes 722 fewer positions than were available last year, vacant jobs cut from agencies by the governor and legislators. Any other unfilled jobs can be filled.

Governor Bobby Jindal froze most state agency hiring earlier this year as a bid to save money.

Commissioner of Administration Angele Davis says the hiring freeze saved the state $39 million. That money was plugged into other areas of spending.

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