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Utility company planning layoffs

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin utility says layoffs and furloughs are in the future as it deals with a decline in power usage -- primarily in the commercial sector.

Wisconsin Public Service's holding company, Integrys of Green Bay, plans an undetermined amount of layoffs at all of its five utility companies in the Midwest.

WPS spokesman Kerry Spees says about 600 administrators will be required to take an unpaid week off in 2010.

Spees says commercial demand for power is down nearly 9 percent compared to last year. WPS says home building is down 35 percent in its coverage area and that has reduced demand for power as well.

The utility expects to know more about the layoffs in January.

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