EL PASO - Xerox is laying off 439 people at its call center in East El Paso because it lost a large customer.
Fifty-one employees lost their jobs Monday, and the remaining 388 workers will be laid off the first week of September at the Xerox call center at 1390 Don Haskins.
Xerox's announcement comes only weeks after State Farm Insurance announced the closing of its West El Paso call center next year, with 550 people to be laid off or relocated to other cities.
Xerox will continue to employ about 500 people in El Paso at three locations, including the Don Haskins facility.
A State Farm official said the company planned to consolidate some El Paso call center functions to Dallas and Phoenix.
El Paso's call center industry employed about 14,000 people last year.
Some laid-off employees will qualify for severance pay. Laid-off employees also will have opportunities to apply for other Xerox positions in El Paso and in other cities.
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