Signetics, normally a stable supplier of employment in Utah County, will lay off about 200 workers within the next week.

Orders for Signetics' integrated circuits were down 20 percent in the fourth quarter of 1988, a drop felt throughout the integrated-circuit industry, said Dan Hughes, human resource manager at the Orem plant."All of our competitors have had to cut back in labor," he said. "The reduced business levels have really been with us for some time, and we have tried to deal with them without having to resort to a reduction in force."

Hughes said some employees who may have planned to resign in the near future volunteered for the layoff. An employee who resigns receives no severance pay and no unemployment benefits, but a laid-off employee may qualify for both.

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