MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- A linchpin of Vermont's economy is shrinking.
Gov. Peter Shumlin's spokeswoman, Susan Allen, says IBM has notified the governor that a nationwide reorganization will mean job losses in Vermont.
IBM currently employs slightly more than 4,000 people at its plants in Chittenden County. How many people face job cuts has not been announced.
A company spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
Vermont Labor Commissioner Annie Noonan says her department is ready to work with laid off IBM employees to ensure they can get unemployment benefits and to help them find other jobs.
Noonan says that with Vermont's third-lowest-in the country unemployment rate, and with many companies looking for technically skilled workers, she's hopeful the IBM workers will find new jobs.