Postal Service cutting 300 jobs in Washington

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Postal Service is cutting more than 300 jobs in Washington as it consolidates eight mail processing centers into two -- at Seattle and Spokane.

The Postal Service announced Thursday it's transferring operations from Everett, Olympia and Tacoma to Seattle. And, processing operations in Yakima, Wenatchee and Pasco are being transferred to Spokane.

Spokesman Ernie Swanson says the job cuts are: Everett 97, Olympia 29, Tacoma 139, Yakima 19, Wenatchee 20, and Pasco 2.

Swanson says the Postal Service hopes the cuts can be made through attrition without layoffs. Employees whose jobs have been cut can request transfers or move into jobs such a letter-carrier, if there are openings.

Swanson says the processing facilities are being consolidated because of a drop in mail volume.