- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Boeing says some of its South Carolina workers are being offered buyouts as the company works to cut 4,000 employees companywide by June.

Boeing South Carolina spokeswoman Elizabeth Merida confirmed in an email that a small number of South Carolina workers are being offered buyouts. She did not say how many.

The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/1SvVZ18 ) reported 200 employees were being offered the buyout locally but the company is not expected to cut that many in North Charleston where it has a 787 Dreamliner assembly plant.

Boeing earlier announced it needs to make the job cuts by June because of competition with aircraft manufacturer Airbus. Boeing said reductions would initially be through attrition and a voluntary buyout package for about 1,600 workers.

Boeing employs about 8,200 people in South Carolina.

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