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Mayor Frank Jackson announced sweeping layoffs in the City of Cleveland Wednesday.

Department heads and managers were informed at a meeting at Public Hall Wednesday morning in order to balance the budget for the remainder of 2011 and to prepare for 2012, the city must reduce its workforce by 350 to 400 employees by the end of May.  This will include seasonal, part-time and full-time employees.

19 Action News Reporter Paul Orlousky has learned the layoffs could go deep, and will be across the board. In the police department alone, 150 could be cut. Cleveland currently has over 1,500 officers right now.

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