COMING MONDAY: City employment is down 8 percent from 2008
BY CASEY SMITH World Staff Writer
Sunday, October 28, 2012
10/28/12 at 3:16 PM
The city of Tulsa had more than 3,900 active full-time employees less than a month before investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy in 2008, an event that marked a weak economy’s snap into full-blown global recession.
On Oct. 1, the city employed 3,603 active full-time staff, a workforce down 325 employees, or 8 percent, compared to the Aug. 25, 2008, payroll.
Payrolls giving snapshots of fiscal years 2009-13 show the full-time workforce has increased each year since a payroll from January 2011, when the city employed 3,518 full-time staff, the smallest workforce of the five daily snapshots analyzed.
Returning manpower to a prerecession level is not a goal for the city, said City Manager Jim Twombly. The focus is on increasing efficiency and productivity.
Read more in Monday's Tulsa World.
Twenty-three firefighters graduated from the Tulsa Fire Department academy in June. A new academy that began this month could add 29 new firefighters and bring the department back to full strength. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file