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State of Utah has laid off 71 employees

State of Utah has laid off 71 employees



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A report shows the state has laid off 71 employees since lawmakers first started cutting the budget last fall. But a state official says the worst should be over.

Jeff Herring, head of the Utah Department of Human Resource Management, which released the report on the layoffs on Tuesday at the request of the Deseret News, says that unless the budget changes, the bulk of the layoffs have been completed.

However, the Utah Public Employees Association is still wary. Todd Sutton, an employee representative with the association, says workers continue to worry about their job security.

The state employs nearly 23,000 workers.

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Information from: Deseret News

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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