- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Eugene call center will close May 19, cutting 275 jobs.

The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/1Pj2oYD) the FirstSource call center opened in leased office space less than a year ago.

Spokeswoman Amy Fathers says employees were notified earlier this week and will be offered help finding positions both within and outside the company.

Fathers said in an email that one of its clients is making changes that have resulted in the center’s upcoming closure.

That client is believed to be Verizon. Spokeswoman Heidi Flato said in an email that calls will be routed among other centers that assist its customers.

State Employment Department local labor economist Brian Rooney says the loss of 275 jobs is fairly big. An estimated 2,500 employees have similar jobs in Lane County.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com

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