The region’s largest private employer, the Boeing Co., Wednesday told 83 workers to prepare to be laid off by late January.
That number is a small fraction of the 81,662 employees the company said it had on its Washington state payroll Oct. 30. Not all of the 83 will lose their jobs. They may apply for other open jobs within the company. The number on Boeing’s Washington payroll at the end of October was 210 more than the company employed in the Evergreen State at the end of January.
Boeing in recent years has been trimming its workforce nationwide in an effort to save some $2.1 billion in expenses by 2016. The Herald newspaper in Everett said the company has told its unions to expect up to 800 layoff notices by the year’s end.
The company in recent years added hundreds of employees to its Everett workforce to handle extensive modification and retrofits on its two newest aircraft, the 747-8 and the 787 Dreamliner, after initial production problems, particularly with new operations in South Carolina, caused incomplete major subassemblies of the 787 to be shipped to Everett. Local workers finished the work that should have been accomplished elsewhere.
Boeing now says it has solved problems at those other sites, and those major sections of the planes are now arriving in Everett for final assembly fully equipped.