By Mike Rogoway
CenturyLink, Oregon's largest phone company, plans to lay off as many as 3,500 workers nationwide by the middle of December.
"We are not focusing on a specific group of employees or states. We are making adjustments to meet the needs of the business," CenturyLink spokesman Mark Molzen wrote in an emailed statement. He said the number of layoffs will depend on the number of employees who take buyouts.