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Qualcomm Cuts Jobs in California, North Carolina

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Some 269 workers at Qualcomm this week learned they’ll be losing their jobs in February.

The company confirmed the layoffs Friday. The San Diego-based company designs and markets wireless telecommunications products and services.

According to notifications filed with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the California Employment Development Department, the layoffs are affecting 144 employees in Raleigh, North Carolina, and 125 employees in San Diego. The workers were notified and they will be let go in early February.

Qualcomm issued the following statement:

Qualcomm conducted a small reduction of our full-time and temporary workforce in certain areas of the company. While this activity impacts a very small percentage of our workforce, we know a workforce reduction of any size affects not only those employees who are part of the reduction, but their families, co-workers and the community. We recognize this and have offered affected employees supportive severance packages to reduce the impact of this transition on them.”

According to The Information, the employees are mostly in its “faltering data center unit.” The layoffs follow “earlier rounds of staff cutbacks in the unit earlier this year, as the mobile chip giant pulled back on its investment in the sector,” it said.

Earlier this year, Broadcom was planning to acquire Qualcomm, but President Trump stopped the acquisition.

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