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    GE cuts 59 engineering jobs in Lynn

    A General Electric Co. plant in Lynn.
    AP Photo/Lisa Poole/File 2007
    A General Electric Co. plant in Lynn.

    General Electric Co. said Thursday it was eliminating the jobs of 59 engineers in Lynn, part of larger national cutbacks in its Aviation unit.

    The cuts came two weeks after the $130 billion industrial giant announced it would move its headquarters to Boston from Fairfield, Conn. Boston and the state have offered GE $145 million in tax incentives to station about 800 people here.

    GE employs about 2,800 people in Lynn, designing and building aircraft engines, according to spokesman Rich Gorham. The layoff in Lynn is part of a 7 percent reduction -- or about 300 jobs -- in the overall aviation group, based in Evendale, Ohio.

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    Gorham said the cuts follow a period of rapid expansion in the aviation operation in recent years. “This is an unfortunate reality of our business,’’ he said.

    General Electric is Lynn’s largest employer, although its numbers have fallen dramatically since the 1980s, when it employed 13,000.

    Beth Healy can be reached at beth.healy@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @HealyBeth.