BNSF announced changes to business operations, and rumors began to swirl of lost jobs. 

The truth is jobs are changing, but workers will remain employed by the company. 

As of Thursday the railroad told The Kansan that one position — a management position — would be eliminated in Newton. 

Overall, 33 people will be affected by job changes. In Newton, 15 will move to different jobs while others will be relocated to other jobs in the BNSF network. 

BNSF employs about 230 people in the region. 

According to a statement by BNSF spokesman Andy Williams, the staffing changes will be effective July 18.

"The impact to Newton, in general, will be minimal," Williams told The Kansan. 

Rumors of changes to the workforce surfaced Wednesday, leading to the railroad to issue multiple statements. Those rumors began when it was announced that some rail switching operations currently in Newton would be moved to Hutchinson and Kansas City.

In a statement, Williams wrote: "As BNSF aligns resources with changing customer demand and traffic flows, the company will shift some rail switching operations and positions from the Newton yard to yards in Hutchison and Argentine (Kansas City, Kan.,) and shift some mechanical work to locations with existing capacity."