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Raytheon acknowledges Tucson job cuts possible

By Toby Herschler - email

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD) - Raytheon officials admit that a possibility of layoffs does exist because of the cancellation of three key programs.

While the employees affected by the canceled programs were transferred to other areas last year, a Raytheon spokesman admitted workforce reduction is possible.

Employees with Tucson's largest employer say there is unofficial talk of impending layoffs.

Raytheon now acknowledges it may need to cut some jobs.

"Raytheon Missile Systems is constantly evaluating its manpower requirements," Raytheon spokesman John Patterson said in an email.

"Last year, the Department of Defense canceled three key RMS programs," Patterson added.

"Fortunately we were able to move all of the affected employees to other RMS programs. As we win new business, we hope to maintain staffing levels, but the possibility of a workforce reduction does exist."

Raytheon Missile Systems is Southern Arizona's largest employer, with 12,500 people on its payroll.

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