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Boeing division cutting jobs in Washington state

Boeing Commercial Airplanes is cutting jobs in Washington state. | AP file photo

A Boeing Co. division plans to shed 4,000 jobs in Seattle by mid-year as part of a cost-savings plan.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes will reduce staffing through attrition, leaving open positions unfilled, and voluntary layoffs, spokesman Doug Alder said.

“Boeing Commercial Airplanes continues to follow our plan announced last month to make fundamental changes for the long term to win in the market, fund our growth and operate as a healthy business,” Alder said.

The division is seeking a combination of non-labor cost savings, supply chain savings, and reduced staffing levels.

“While there is no employment reduction target, the more we can control costs as a whole — the less impact there will be to employment,” he said. “We’ll only use involuntary layoffs as a last resort‎.‎”

The Seattle Times reports the aerospace giant is aiming for about a 10 percent overall cut, which would mean about 8,000 positions in Washington state.

Boeing will also cut about 10 percent of the 5,700 jobs in its test and evaluation division, which conducts flight and lab tests, spokeswoman Sandra Angers told Reuters.

The company had 161,400 employees as of Dec. 31.