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UCSD reduces workforce

UC San Diego in recent months has quietly reduced its workforce by more than 800 positions, or 5.5 percent, because of reductions in state funding, it was reported Thursday.

At least 172 people have been laid off, 222 positions have been left vacant and 428 jobs have been eliminated, Stacie Spector, associate vice chancellor for communications, told The San Diego Union-Tribune.

The University of California, California State University and California Community Colleges systems could lose as much as $2 billion in state funding this year, according to published reports.

“Our employees remain our No. 1 priority as does our commitment to education and research,’' Spector told the Union-Tribune. “But these times are really tough and we’ve got to act responsibly. We’re just trying to adjust to the changing environment.’'

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Spector said more layoffs could be in store for UCSD but it’s impossible to predict how many more before the state resolves its budget crisis, according to the Union-Tribune.

No layoffs have been reported at San Diego County’s two CSU campuses: San Diego State or Cal State San Marcos. However, both have been operating under a systemwide hiring freeze for nonessential positions, the Union-Tribune reported.