Number of SC workers down, while salaries are up

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The number of state workers in South Carolina has declined over the past decade, while salaries for many of the remaining employees have increased.

An analysis by The State newspaper found South Carolina government had 11% fewer workers this year than in 2001. But over the same period, the total payroll for the state climbed 12% to nearly $2.6 billion.

Workers at smaller agencies saw the biggest increases. Salaries jumped 46% over the past decade at the Public Service Commission and more than 40% at the Department of Insurance. A larger agency, the Corrections Department, saw wages increase 13%.

Constitutional offices saw some of the smallest increases. Salaries rose just 2.5% in the governor's office and 7% in the comptroller general's office.

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