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Shumlin urges IBM to go public with layoff numbers

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Gov. Peter Shumlin says he knows how many Vermonters lost their jobs in IBM layoffs, but he hasn't determined yet if he can tell the public.

The state has told IBM it has until Thursday to provide a legal argument for why the number of laid-off employees should remain secret.

The company says releasing that information would harm them competitively.

Shumlin says the state will release the data if it determines that freedom of information laws require its release, but he hopes IBM will choose to do so regardless.

"My own view, my own advice to IBM would be: listen, you're very important to the state of Vermont, but I wish that you would peel the Band-Aid off this one and just give us the number because I do not believe that it's in IBM's interest or in the state's interest to be withholding that infrastructure," said Shumlin, D-Vermont.

Shumlin says a more open process would make it easier to connect needy employers with laid-off workers.

About 600 people attended a tech-themed job fair earlier this week. About half of them are estimated to be former IBMers.

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