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Mo. hired more state workers

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The state of Missouri hired new employees faster than usual in the last quarter.

Hiring by state agencies in the last quarter of 2010 was up 17 percent. State agencies hired 1,085 new full-time workers in the quarter, compared to 924 hired in the same period of 2009.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the increase may be due to new retirement rules that kicked in for state employees on Jan. 1.

Employees on the payroll before Dec. 31, 2010, don't have to contribute to their pensions. Those joining the ranks since Jan. 1 do. They must chip in 4 percent of salary and work longer to earn

A state spokeswoman said there's no information to determine whether some new hires were trying to beat the retirement changes.

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