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Over 1,000 Boeing employees face layoff

BOEING Co has said it sent layoff notices to more than 1,000 people, most of them technology workers in Washington state and California.

The notices mean the workers are at risk of being laid off on April 23. Spokesman Tim Healy said it is possible the final number of layoffs could shrink.

Healy said 500 of the workers are in the Puget Sound area in Washington, where Boeing's commercial airplanes division is based. Roughly 300 are in California, with the rest of the affected workers scattered in other states.

The layoffs announced last Friday are part of the 10,000 job cuts Boeing originally targeted for 2009. Late last year it said it would meet and then exceed that goal of 10,000 job cuts during 2010.

About 800 of the workers are technology workers in Boeing's Engineering, Operations & Technology unit, which employs 18,000 people. Boeing employs 158,500 worldwide.

Most large Boeing units, such as the division that makes commercial airplanes and its defense unit, do monthly layoffs throughout the year.


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