Internal restructuring at CenturyLink will result in the elimination of 85 jobs in Minnesota, the Louisiana-based telecommunications company said on Thursday.

The 85 positions in Minnesota are mainly sales jobs, said company spokesman Joanna Hjelmeland, and the affected employees will have the opportunity to apply for other jobs within the company.

CenturyLink, the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States, has about 3,200 employees in Minnesota.

Total layoffs at CenturyLink due to the restructuring and other cost-cutting efforts come to 1,300 out of a workforce of 50,000, or about 2.6 percent.

CenturyLink, which entered Minnesota a year ago after it acquired Qwest Communications, said it will streamline its sales operation into two groups. One will serve local and regional business and government customers and the other will work with national and international business customers and the federal government.

The changes will take effect on April 1.