Raytheon lays off workers in Rhode Island, Mass.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Defense giant Raytheon Co. has laid off an undisclosed number of workers at its facilities in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

“Shifts in engineering and production work, delay in contract awards and the current budgetary environment requires us to realign our resources,” Raytheon spokesman Michael Doble said in a statement.

Those developments “resulted in a small reduction in workforce across Raytheon IDS,” he said, referencing the Waltham, Mass.-based company’s Integrated Defense Systems unit.

Raytheon employed roughly 1,000 workers in Rhode Island and 11,800 in Massachusetts as of late June, Doble told WPRI.com. IDS is its largest local division. The bulk of its Rhode Island staff work at its Portsmouth campus, though others are employed in Middletown and Narragansett, he said.

“Those employees affected by the action will have the opportunity to apply for other jobs within Raytheon, will be provided access to extensive career counseling and employment services, and will be given severance packages based on their length of service with the company,” Doble said.

The layoffs were first reported by the Boston Business Journal.

Ted Nesi ( tnesi@wpri.com ) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi

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