COLUMBIA — Citing the loss of federal funding, South Carolina’s state workforce agency announced Monday it will shed more than 130 employees by next summer.

The S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce said the layoffs will take place across the state due to the loss of federal money for the Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits programs.

The agency said the downsizing is expected to impact an estimated 136 employees by June 13.

The first wave of layoffs will begin immediately and entail “various approaches,” according to the agency.

An agency spokeswoman said 55 employees will be “notified” by Wednesday.

The agency “remains hopeful” that phase two of the downsizing will be handled through typical attrition rather than layoffs, according to a release.

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