Intel has notified Oregon officials it plans to lay off nearly 800 workers in Washington County.
The Santa Clara, California-based company announced last week it is shedding 12,000 jobs worldwide. The move is part of a restructuring caused by declining personal computer sales.
Intel is Oregon's largest private employer, with 19,500 workers in Portland's western suburbs.
State law requires employers to give advance warning before a plant closing or mass layoff.
The Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development said Tuesday it has received the warning from Intel. The company said in a letter it is firing 784 workers. The affected workers will be told this week that their last day will be May 31.
784 people being laid off may not seem like a lot when you consider that Intel employs almost 20,000 people in Washington County, but locals said it's still enough to make a negative impact on housing, restaurants, schools and overall confidence in the community.
"They're, like I said, one of the best companies around that have better jobs and people can afford things, and obviously if you're losing that many people it's definitely going to have an impact on the economy and people not being able to spend as much," said Yehderah Tobiga, whose husband works for Intel.
Intel officials are not commenting on the lay offs.
Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willey said this was a difficult decision for the company, but he calls Intel a great corporate neighbor and he plans to continue supporting them.
The workers who will be laid off will get six additional weeks of pay.
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