BALTIMORE (AP) — Defense contractor Northrop Grumman says it plans to lay off about 200 employees, mostly in the Baltimore region.

Company spokesman Jack Martin Jr. said Friday that most layoffs will be at four Baltimore-area locations: the Electronic Systems division’s Linthicum headquarters and facilities in Annapolis, Sykesville and Elkridge. Locations in Virginia, Connecticut and Florida will also be affected.

Martin says about 600 employees were approved for buyouts, mostly in Maryland, but there weren’t enough to avoid layoffs.

Employees whose jobs are being eliminated will be notified on Tuesday, and their last work day will be May 31.

The company announced in March that it was cutting 500 jobs, mostly in the Baltimore area, because of a slowdown in defense spending. The division employs about 8,000 in the Baltimore area.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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