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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- State employee layoffs since Gov. Bobby Jindal took office neared the 8,000 mark as of September's end. That's according to the latest state Civil Service report issued Thursday.

Employee layoffs associated with the transfer of LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to private operation, pushed layoffs of classified employees to 7,962.

According to The Advocate, the numbers are in a report to the Legislature which updates layoff activity through the first three months of the state fiscal year.

About 41,800 classified, rank-and-file employees remain on the state payroll.

Jindal took office in 2008 and has presided over a major reduction in the Civil Service employee work force as many state government functions have been privatized and agencies reorganized.

Most of the layoffs occurred last fiscal year with 3,808 registered as LSU hospitals started closing or being turned over to private management.

Since the current budget year began July 1, there have been 1,954 layoffs. Of them, 1,561 occurred at LSU Health in Shreveport and another 371 at LSU's E.A. Conway in Monroe.

The other layoffs as of Sept. 30 included those involved with ferry operations and the Office of Risk Management.

The Civil Service report said 2,632 positions had been targeted for elimination, but some may have been vacant. In addition, some employees may have left the job prior to the layoff effective date, a note to the report said.

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