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May 16, 2012 at 3:02 PM

T-Mobile says fewer jobs being cut overall

A day after announcing that it was cutting 900 jobs in a broad restructuring, T-Mobile USA today is revising the number downward.

The layoff happening now involves 900 job cuts nationally.

But today the company said it is also planning to add 550 new jobs through the rest of 2012, so the net reduction at year-end will be 350 positions.

The Puget Sound region could end up gaining. Most of the layoffs are happening outside the region, but the majority of the 550 new jobs will be created locally, where T-Mobile now employs around 4,800.

The 550 jobs won’t be added at once, though. They’ll be added over the remainder of the year.

A company statement released today said laid-off employees are being encouraged to apply for open positions “that suit their qualifications.”

“T-Mobile previously announced its intent to restructure and optimize operations throughout the company in order to best reposition the company, given today’s demanding and rapidly evolving marketplace,” it said. “This week we are communicating to our employees the balance of those organizational changes to best position T-Mobile to powerfully compete and return to growth.”

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