Montgomery County Lays Off Fewer Than Expected

As reported by the Gazette, of the 237 employees slated to lose their jobs in fiscal year 2011, most accepted other positions within Montgomery County government and some took early retirement incentives.

The county employs about 9,000 full- and part-time employees. This does not include employees from the county’s park and planning department, Montgomery College or Montgomery County Public Schools, which made their own decisions regarding layoffs and furloughs.

Of the county government’s employees who were to be laid off, 64 accepted a retirement incentive — a one-time payout of $30,000 and other benefits.  About 150 employees applied for and were hired for other county government jobs.  Of the 23 employees who will lose their jobs in county government Thursday, nine have pending offers and eight did not apply for available positions in the county. Another eight have not found new jobs.

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