MOUNTLAKE TERRACE — Premera Blue Cross, one of the Northwest’s largest health insurers, will eliminate 236 local jobs as it seeks to rein in costs of the pandemic-induced economic downturn.

Premera will lay off 285 people in “non-customer-facing positions” — with most job cuts occurring locally, Dani Chung, a company spokeswoman, said in an email.

“In the Puget Sound region, 236 positions will be eliminated,” Chung said.

“I cannot share specific positions as all impacted employees have not yet been notified. Positions range across the company,” Chung said.

Layoff notices were expected to be distributed beginning this week.

The Mountlake Terrace-based non-profit health insurance company employs nearly 3,500 people in the Seattle area, Spokane and Anchorage. About 2,000 employees work at the company’s

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