Motorola plans to shed an additional 7,000 workers

Motorola has announced plans to cut 7,000 positions in its personal communications sector, citing continuing deterioration in the mobile handset market. Motorola has cut or outsourced approximately 16,000 jobs in the last six months.

The reductions will affect all aspects of the business, across all geographies, said Margot Brown, a Motorola spokeswoman. Motorola currently has approximately 120,000 employees.

Brown would not specify further where the affected employees are located. She said additional cost-cutting announcements are on the way from Motorola, but she declined to say whether jobs cuts would be involved.

Three weeks ago Motorola laid off 300 workers from its personal communications sector, and earlier in February the company cut 4,000 jobs from its semiconductor unit. In January the company announced cell phone production at its Illinois manufacturing plant would cease and cut 2,500 more jobs. About 1,320 employees also lost their jobs in December as a result of a US$1 billion manufacturing alliance with another company.

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