Agilent Technologies will lay off much of its remaining workforce in the Spokane suburb of Liberty Lake next year. The company said 120...

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SPOKANE — Agilent Technologies will lay off much of its remaining workforce in the Spokane suburb of Liberty Lake next year.

The company said 120 to 150 of its 220 workers will lose their jobs as the California company tries to stay competitive. Many of those jobs pay from $65,000 to more than $80,000. About 20 other Liberty Lake workers will be asked to move to a plant in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Many of the workers design equipment for cellphone manufacturers such as Motorola and Ericsson.

Originally part of Hewlett Packard, the Liberty Lake plant became Agilent Technologies in 1999. It had more than 1,100 workers in 2001.