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FirstEnergy Inc. said it laid off 35 employees in the Greensburg area on Thursday, as part of a workforce realignment tied to the “weak economy” that cut a total 142 people.

Still, the Akron, Ohio-based parent of the West Penn Power and Penn Power electric utilities continues to comply with terms of a settlement struck with Pennsylvania officials when FirstEnergy acquired Allegheny Energy Inc. for $8.5 billion in 2011, spokesman Scott Surgeoner said.

That five-year deal called for keeping 600 or more jobs in Westmoreland County, where Allegheny Energy was based.

A March report to the state Public Utility Commission indicated 780 employees at that time.

Laid-off workers will get severance and outplacement services.

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