Fewer public employees choose retirement in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A retirement board official in West Virginia says fewer state employees and teachers are choosing to retire.

Consolidated Public Retirement Board executive director Jeffrey Fleck said about 400 employees have placed notices with the Public Employees Retirement System. He says typically, about 1,000 file for retirement in the last three months of the year.

Fleck says retirements after completion of the 2018-19 school year also were down.

Public employees have received pay increases averaging 5% in 2018 and 2019. Fleck doesn’t know if that is the reason behind the lower figures, but it could be an incentive to putting off retirement.

Public employee and teacher pensions are calculated based on the highest three pay-years of the employee’s final work years.

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