Washington state to cut another 1,266 jobs

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Budget cuts approved by the Legislature last week are expected to result in a cut of 1,266 full-time jobs in Washington state government.

Most of the cuts are a result of privatizing liquor sales and distribution in the state, but some jobs will also be cut from the Department of Social and Health Services.

The Olympian (http://is.gd/jybdhw ) reports DSHS, the state's largest general government agency, has shed nearly 17 percent of its workforce since June 2008.

DSHS spokesman Thomas Shapley says the DSHS cuts, which include about 440 full-time equivalent jobs, have come while demand for agency services continue to grow.

Virtually all of the new cuts are for positions that currently are vacant.

It is unclear how many of the job cuts - outside of the liquor agency - will result in layoffs.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com