Layoffs roll through WA state government again

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Dozens of state government workers have been given layoff notices as Washington agencies begin to implement budget cuts at the start of a new fiscal year.

The heaviest reductions are taking place at the Department of Information Services, which provides technology support to state and local government agencies. More than 30 workers there have received layoff notices while another 30 positions that had been vacant are now being eliminated for good.

The Department of Social and Health Services is currently working through 40 layoffs while the Department of General Administration has warned more than a dozen that their jobs are at risk.

The layoffs continue to shrink a state workforce that saw a reduction of 3,000 employees between 2008 and 2010.