The last thing consumers in the Seattle and Tacoma, Washington metro areas need are layoffs of any kind. Even if they don’t directly effect you, a friend or a family member, the loss of jobs means less money for Seattle and Tacoma area businesses. This is why the news that Boeing will be terminating 1,500 information-technology positions in the Puget Sound region over the next three years is a bitter pill for Seattle and Tacoma area consumers to swallow.

Apparently the cuts will affect nearly a third of the total 4,700 Boeing IT positions here, well paying jobs all, and continue a streak of cuts that has hit several divisions of the company since March. While Boeing will be offering severance packages to some employees who volunteer for layoff, this news provides little in the way of long term comfort to families who have depended on Boeing for generations.

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