State’s full-time employee numbers in fiscal year 2023 decline to slightly more than 56,600

Fiscal year 2023 saw loss of 443 employees

Then-Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) and current Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders are shown in Little Rock in these file photos from Sept. 21, 2022, and Oct. 16, 2023, respectively. (Left, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Stephen Swofford; right, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Colin Murphey)
Then-Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (left) and current Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders are shown in Little Rock in these file photos from Sept. 21, 2022, and Oct. 16, 2023, respectively. (Left, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Stephen Swofford; right, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Colin Murphey)


The number of full-time state employees declined by 443 last fiscal year to slightly more than 56,600 as their ranks thinned at both the state's higher education institutions and state agencies, according to Bureau of Legislative Research reports.

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