89 Boeing workers in Western Washington are laid off

EVERETT — The Boeing Co. issued layoff notices to 89 workers in Western Washington on Friday.

The aerospace giant has been cutting its workforce since early 2016. Company leaders have said the reductions are necessary to remain competitive.

Since the cuts began, Boeing’s Washington-based workforce has gone from 79,238 at the end of 2015 to 68,685 at the end of May, the latest data available on the company’s website. That is a decline of 10,553.

Around the world, Boeing cut its workforce by nearly 11,000 last year.

Company leaders said in December that they expect to continue slashing jobs at the same pace this year. Through the end of May, the company has cut 5,761 jobs around the world.

Most of the job cuts have come through buyouts, retirements and hiring freezes.

Friday’s layoffs mostly affected non-union workers.

The laid off workers include nine members of Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace and no members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

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