American Red Cross Cuts 8 Greater Alleghenies Jobs

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The American Red Cross says it’s laid off eight workers in the Greater Alleghenies Blood Services Region because of rising costs and slow revenue growth.

The cuts are among 400 to 500 layoffs nationwide. Staff cuts also are being made at the American Red Cross’ national headquarters and local chapters. The organization has nearly 20,800 employees.

The Greater Alleghenies Region serves 100 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The American Red Cross said late Wednesday in a statement that its Biomedical Services expenses have risen by more than 4 percent while revenue is growing by less than 1 percent. The organization says it can’t continue on that path.

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

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