COOS BAY — The loss of 300 jobs at two Xerox call centers will put a painful dent in the local economy, a state economist says.
“That’s more of an impact on the South Coast, because we haven’t seen the recovery from the recession like we have in the northern part of the state,” said Guy Tauer, regional economist for the Oregon Employment Department.
Recent numbers show 21,170 payroll employment jobs in Coos County, Tauer said. Losing 300 jobs represents a loss of about 1.4 percent.
Xerox informed its employees at the North Bend and Coos Bay call centers Wednesday morning. He said the closure is permanent.
“We notified approximately 300 employees in Coos Bay and North Bend that we would be closing, effective July 7,” company spokesman Bill McKee said by phone from New York.
McKee said the closure results from a change in strategy by the client served by the two sites. He would not name the client.
Xerox has 175 Xerox call centers around the globe, serving hundreds of client companies, McKee said.
Some of the employees, based on length of service and eligibility, will receive separation packages. Others will have the opportunity to apply at other Xerox centers in Oregon and Washington. Xerox employs about 3,000 in Oregon.
The company arrived in the Bay Area about three years ago, after acquiring the two call centers from Affiliated Computer Services.
McKee said the company will not reopen the Bay Area centers, he said.
“We have leased the facilities here and we will exit them at the end of the lease agreement,” he said.
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay owns the buildings. The Coos County Airport District owns the land.