The Mayo Clinic Health System announced they are laying off 82 employees at seven facilities in southeastern Minnesota.
The layoffs are all in transcription services and will affect employees in Albert Lea, Austin, Cannon Falls, Faribault, Lake City, Owatonna and Red Wing. The layoffs are effective Mar. 31.
More than half of the layoffs are occurring in Austin and Albert Lea. The Austin Daily Herald reports that 18 transcriptionists are being cut from Austin and 26 from Albert Lea.
Mayo officials said the decision was not made lightly.
Officials from Amphion will talk with the laid off Mayo employees about potential job opportunities.
In October Mayo also announced it was laying off 42 transcriptionists in its southwestern region, including Mankato, those are effective Jan. 6.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for transcriptionists is decreasing. Despite an increase in the volume of health care services that are being provided. Advances in technology are partly to blame. From 2010 to 2020, the bureau is anticipating only a 6 percent growth in the occupation, which is slower than average for all occupations.