Pink-slip frenzy before the holiday
Another 165 state workers found out they don’t have jobs this week.
From the beginning of the year, state agencies that report to the N.C. Office of State Personnel have laid off at least 702 people. Last week’s total was 537, as we reported last week.
That number is a low estimate of the total job losses, with many agencies slow to report to OSP which employees were casualties of the reductions-in-force called for in the state budget. Today’s the first day of the fiscal year, so that means a new budget year — and unemployment for some state workers. Democrats in the legislature had hoped their GOP colleagues would extend a one-cent temporary sales tax that they (Democrats) said could have avoided many of the deep cuts to state services and job losses.
The 702 pink-slipped figure also doesn’t factor in staffers from the state’s large educational agencies (public schools, community colleges and universities). OSP doesn’t track those employees.
Public schools in the state are beginning to announce the positions they’ve had to eliminate in order to survive this year’s budget cuts.
The N.C. Department of Public Instruction hasn’t begun tallying the numbers themselves, but plan to as more school systems in the state realize what having one of the lowest per-pupil funding in the country does to a kid.
(Only Mississippi now appears to spend less per student than North Carolina does.)
At least 2,000 positions have been cut in the school districts whose layoffs have been reported in the media, according to a tally by the office of state Rep. Joe Hackney, the Democratic leader in the House. (Here’s the citations for those numbers — 61 job cuts in Catawba, 123 in Johnston, 180 in New Hanover, 211 in Winston-Salem/Forsyth, 210 in Duplin, 26 in Wilkes, 75 in Montgomery, 88 in Harnett, 200 in Wake, 374 in Cumberland, an estimated 500 from Charlotte-Mecklenburg and at least 82 in Kannapolis.)
And that’s just from 12 school districts. There’s a lot more to go – the state has 115 school districts.