BP to lay off more workers in Anchorage

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BP says it is planning to further reduce its workforce in Alaska as the state continues to struggle with low oil prices.

BP spokeswoman Dawn Patience told KTUU-TV on Monday that about 4 percent of the company’s workforce will be cut. Most of the affected positions are based in Anchorage.

Patience did not specify the exact number of positions. A 4 percent cut would be about 84 positions.

The announcement comes after BP revealed plans last week to reduce the active rig count at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope from five to two. It also follows the company’s January announcement that it would reduce its Alaska workforce by 13 percent, or about 270 jobs.

Patience says the latest layoffs will take effect later this year.