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Lockheed cuts furloughs to 2,400 as shutdown pressure eases

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WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin Corp. Monday reduced furloughs by about 20 percent after the Pentagon said most civilian employees sent home in the partial US government shutdown will be put back to work.

The top federal contractor had planned to furlough 3,000 people. About 2,400 of those employees, most of them tied to nondefense programs, are still unable to work because civilian government sites are closed or the Bethesda, Md.-based company has received an order to stop work from agencies, Lockheed said in a statement.

The Pentagon said on Saturday that 90 percent or more of about 350,000 workers it furloughed last week will be coming back, including inspectors who review contract work. While United Technologies Corp. Sunday canceled plans to furlough as many as 4,000 workers, other top contractors haven’t completely reversed their plans.

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