Woodlawn-based Ceridian Employer Services said yesterday that it would lay off about 130 of its 200 local tax-services employees by March.
Workers at Ceridian, which provides payroll, tax withholding and personnel services to small- and medium-size businesses, will be told next week who will get to keep their jobs here, said Keith Peterson, a company spokesman.
The company is reducing its staff in Baltimore because it recently bought a competing tax service in California, Mr. Peterson said. Ceridian will enlarge its Southern California office by about 100 workers, he said, and some of the Baltimore workers will likely be offered the chance to take California jobs.
Last week, Ceridian finalized its purchase of Fountain Valley, Calif.-based Systems Tax Service Inc.
Ceridian's payroll processing center, with about 100 employees in Columbia, will not be affected, the company said.
This is the second announcement in two months of layoffs by a division of the Minneapolis-based Ceridian Corp. The company's Arbitron division said last month that it would close its television rating operations, laying off 733 people, including 413 in Laurel .. and Beltsville.
But Mr. Peterson said the two layoff decisions were coincidental and not part of companywide cutbacks or a move away from Maryland.
He said the company decided to cut Baltimore jobs in favor of the California jobs because the California operation has more-advanced computers.
The layoff announcement comes a day after a survey indicated that the Baltimore job market should start improving soon. The University of Baltimore announced Tuesday that its semiannual survey of chief financial officers indicated that the executives expect employment to start increasing again in Baltimore within a few months.