CenturyLink, the telecommunications company that acquired Qwest last year, is cutting about 8 percent of its state workforce.

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CenturyLink said Thursday it is laying off about 177 Washington employees, or about 8 percent of its state workforce.

Most work in the Business Markets Group, which is being absorbed nationwide by another division in a companywide initiative to streamline business-sales marketing, spokeswoman Meg Andrews said.

She couldn’t say how many of the jobs are in the Seattle area. Nationwide, staff is being trimmed by about 1,300, she said.

The Washington layoffs are in addition to about 60 who will lose their jobs when CenturyLink closes its Gig Harbor call center next month. Before both rounds of cuts, the company employed about 2,500 in Washington, Andrews said.

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She said the reductions are part of a continuing effort to “align costs with resources,” and will take effect within 30 days.

CenturyLink, based in Monroe, La., acquired Qwest last year, becoming Washington’s largest traditional telephone carrier. It is the country’s third-largest telecommunications company.

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