Comcast plans to take 1,000 jobs out of Calif.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – California’s struggling economy is taking another hit of bad news: Cable provider Comcast says it is closing its three customer call centers in Northern California and moving the 1,000 jobs they provide to Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

The company on Tuesday cited the high cost of living and doing business in California as the reason behind its decision to shut down the call centers in Sacramento, Livermore and Morgan Hill at the end of November.

Affected employees received information about relocating or taking severance packages. Regional vice president Andrew Johnson says Comcast still will employ about 5,500 people in Northern California, and 20,000 statewide.

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says California can’t afford to lose even one job and that leaders need to be more aggressive about wooing businesses that are being courted by other states.

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