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Two Monroe County employers lay off 205 workers

September 9, 2013

Two Bloomington-area employers have announced layoffs, with more than 200 workers losing their jobs.

GE Appliances said Monday it will eliminate 160 jobs from its Bloomington plant because demand for its side-by-side refrigerators has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2010.

GE forecasts about 35 percent of the cuts will come from employees taking early retirement. Laid-off employees' last day will be Oct. 31. The move will leave GE with 364 employees at the Bloomington plant.

The Herald-Times also reports that Ellettsville telecommunications company Smithville is cutting 45 full-time employees in part because consumers are using fewer landline telephones. The company, which serves 23,000 customers in southern and central Indiana, has about 145 workers.

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