The state of Wisconsin is struggling to hire people, and having an even harder time keeping the people they have.
A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum highlights heavy turnover and a number of empty jobs inside state government. The report says 16 percent of non-UW state employees left their jobs last fiscal year. Veterans Affairs, Corrections, and the state’s Department of Health Services saw the most people leave. Some of the turnover is because of retirements, and some is likely because of the return-to-work for some state employees. Still the report says tough working conditions like in corrections and direct care is likely the larger cause of the near-record turnover at the state.