More state jobs are going away, and have been since the start of the this year's fiscal year that began on July 1st.  The total number who have been given pink slips in the last two months is 173.

The numbers from the Louisiana Department of Civil Service show that from  July 08 - August 31st of this year, 2,373 jobs have been cut.

For the first two months of this fiscal year, the numbers show that 448 jobs have been cut.  Those cuts also include jobs that were actually vacant.

The biggest number of losses in state jobs came from Forcht-Wade Correctional Center near Shreveport where the state decided to get rid of 158 positions.

The state has more than 51,000 workers under State Civil Service.

Louisiana also has about 33,000 employees that work outside of the Civil Service system.