Sprint Corp. will lay off 2,000 workers, or nearly 3 percent of its work force, by the end of the year as part of an effort to cut operating expenses over the next three years.
SPRINT SAID MONDAY the job cuts will involve both its wireline and wireless divisions. It employs about 70,000 people overall, including about 20,000 people in the Kansas City area.
About 20 percent of the jobs that will be cut are in the Kansas City area, company spokesman Mark Bonavia said.
The cuts are part of the Overland Park, Kan., telecommunications firm’s reorganization around two market segments: business and residential customers. The restructuring is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1.
Including the layoffs announced Monday, Sprint has cut more than 21,000 jobs in just over two years.
The company currently is organized according to products: local telephone services, long-distance voice and data services, and wireless.
The layoffs are in addition to those announced in September, when Sprint said it will use outside contractors to handle some software operations, affecting hundreds of jobs at the company. Sprint also announced in September that it wanted to reduce total operating expenses 5 to 7 percent — or more than $1 billion each year — over the next three years.
The company will announce later how much the job cuts will cost Sprint during the fourth quarter, Bonavia said. Both of Sprint’s tracking stocks will record one-time charges.
Sprint announced last month that it lost $498 million in the third quarter in contrast to a $519 million profit a year ago. Sprint said the loss reflected the consolidation of its two businesses, which are traded separately on the New York Stock Exchange.
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