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January 22, 2009 10:12 AM

Gov. Gregoire calls Microsoft layoff 'disheartening'

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire used Microsoft's layoffs today to push her state jobs initiative. Gregoire issued the following statement:

"It is disheartening that one of Washington's premier businesses is reducing its work force. Unfortunately, it is another indication that the national economic recession is deepening.
"Today's news underscores the need to pass my Washington Jobs Now initiative and the federal recovery plan. I am confident these efforts will get people back to work as well as remake our state and national economies.

"Together we must find the path through this recession and get our economy moving again. Washington is a state of innovation, determination and creativity. We can and must create new jobs for our families.

"Those Microsoft employees affected by today's announcement should know that Washington's Employment Security Department and local rapid response teams will help them file for unemployment insurance and explore other job opportunities. Our highest priority is to help those workers find other good jobs as quickly as possible."

More coverage of Microsoft's cost-cutting

Microsoft laying off 1,400 today, up to 5,000 in next 18 months

Ballmer's e-mail to employees
Majority of cuts to be in Redmond; total reduction is roughly 3 percent
Contractor spending could be cut up to 15 percent
Attention turns to what groups will see cuts
Gregoire calls layoffs "disheartening"

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