The 100 largest public-employee retirement systems had $2.8 trillion in holdings and investments in the third quarter of 2012, a 2.6% increase from the same quarter last year and the highest level since the second quarter of 2008, according to a Census Bureau report.

The quarterly survey of public pensions released Thursday also showed there was a 10% increase among public-employee retirement systems from $2.5 trillion in the third quarter of 2011.

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