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Latest Symantec layoffs not surprising, chamber of commerce says

Forty-six people are losing their jobs at the start of the year in Springfield.

Posted: Nov 21, 2019 6:45 PM
Updated: Nov 21, 2019 6:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Norton LifeLock Inc. is laying off 46 people at the start of the year in Springfield, but the CEO of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce said the cuts are not surprising.

Norton LifeLock, which was bought by Symantec, said there will be a permanent reduction of workers in 2020.

CEO Vonnie Mikkelsen said Symantec has moved their operations out of Springfield over the past couple of years.

RELATED: NORTONLIFELOCK ANNOUNCES 46 LAYOFFS IN SPRINGFIELD

There have been many layoffs at that site, including 66 employees two years ago, 90 more in May of last year and 24 more were laid off just a few months ago in August.

The State of Oregon got a letter saying the cuts will become official on Jan. 17, 2020. It also said the workers are not represented by a union.

Mikkelsen told KEZI 9 News they've worked to make sure employees who lost their jobs in the past have had a smooth transition. She's confident people laid off in January will find jobs locally too.

"I know of a lot of cyber-security companies that have sprouted out since during that period of time and many of those former Symantec workers have found good jobs even within our new regional businesses that have been here," Mikkelsen said.

Vice President of the Technology Association of Oregon Matt Sayre said there's never been a better time to look for a job in tech. 

"We've connected folks that are interested in staying local with companies that are hiring directly 101 so we've had some great soft landings that way," Sayre said. 

KEZI 9 News learned that the employees there moved out of that site months ago and now work remotely, which Mikkelsen said is very common in our area.

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