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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems has laid off some salaried employees, but the company won't say how many.

Company spokesman John Patterson said the cuts were made to remain competitive in the marketplace. The small number of salaried employees let go Thursday will be offered severance benefits, he added.

The Arizona Daily Star reported that Raytheon reduced its staff locally in 2010 by 225 salaried workers who worked mostly in engineering. The company attributed those losses to the cancellation of three developmental weapons programs.

The company reported at the start of 2013 that it had 10,300 full-time-equivalent local employees.

Several major defense contractors have been cutting their workforces amid budget cuts at the Pentagon.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com

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