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200 pink slips handed out at Pratt & Whitney

200 Pratt & Whitney employees in Connecticut are being laid off 200 Pratt & Whitney employees in Connecticut are being laid off

Pratt & Whitney officials said the company was eliminating 300 positions nationwide, and 200 of them are coming from Connecticut.

The announcement was made Thursday morning.

Company officials said they continually assess staffing levels to ensure they are on track with the current business and economic condition.

They said when it's necessary, staffing adjustments are required to keep cost structures competitive.

As a result, company officials said Pratt & Whitney was reducing its salaried workforce by approximately 300 positions company-wide, effective immediately.

After the announcement was made on Thursday, Gov. Dannel Malloy released a statement and said, "When these announcements are viewed in the context of our overall economy, it's still clear we are moving in the right direction. The unemployment rate is down 20% from last January, and it's a full half-point below the national average."

Pratt & Whitney officials said the decision to lay off employees is necessary to carefully manage the cost structure while continuing to invest in the company's future.

"In the case of Pratt and Whitney, it's my hope that the announcement today of their continued involvement in the assembly of engines for Airbus will in the long run make up for the jobs lost today," Malloy said in a statement. "The multi-million dollar investment they're making in their facility in Middletown will set the foundation for growth that will mean well paying jobs for our residents.  All of that said, it's still discouraging to hear about job losses - and it's why our top priority every day is job creation."

The bulk of the layoffs were at the plant in East Hartford.

"As much as we understand that staffing level adjustments are necessary to keep their cost structures competitive, we are sensitive to the regional and local impact to families and out local economy," East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc said.

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