Boeing to lay off 800, reduce workforce by 2,000

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 6:45 PM

A Boeing spokesperson confirmed on Friday that the company will lay off 800 workers, as well as reduce its overall workforce by 2,000 or more in 2013.

According to a company spokesperson, the layoffs will be primarily of workers in the 787 and 747-8 post-assembly facilities, all machinists, in Everett.

The additional 2,000 to 2,300 positions will be elimated through attrition and transfers.

Both Boeing and the Machinists Union say the layoffs aren't unexpected. The union called it a "normal job-loss pattern" when newer models production lines get more established. The Union added that while it's never good to lose jobs, there is no reason to panic.

Plans to boost the Dreamliner production rate from five to 10 planes a month this year are still in place.

"This is really your classic good news, bad news," said aviation analyst Scott Hamilton. "The modification work is winding down, so you don't need the employees. The bad news is, you don't need the employees."

No employees have been notified of layoffs yet.

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