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Job Cuts At Major South Coast Employer

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One of the biggest employers on the South Coast has announced job cuts. 

Biotech giant Amgen, which employs around 5500 people at their main campus in Ventura County, confirmed the layoffs.

Roughly 100 staff will be cut at their Thousand Oaks base, while around 500 workers are being cut company-wide - mainly from their sales force - starting April 2. 

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Amgen told KCLU that "less that 20%" of the overall losses are jobs which are physically located in Thousand Oaks. 

"These decisions are never easy, " said Amgen's spokesperson, "And we are committed to helping those impacted with transitional support."