Motorola Lays Off 700 In Libertyville and Chicago

The Chicago Tribune reported a story about Motorola laying off a number of its employees. After being acquired by Google Inc., Motorola Mobility is doing drastic resructuring and cutting over 20 percent of its Chicago-area workers. The company wants to restore profits and be able to compete in smartphone sales.

Jennifer Erickson, a spokeswoman for Google, said that Motorola is cutting 700 of its 3,000 in Libertyville and Chicago, leaving around 2,300 jobs in those areas. Globally, Motorola will lay off 20 percent of its workforce, which will affect 4,000 employees worldwide. The reduction in Chicago and Libertyville accounts for more than half the layouts Motorola Mobility will make in the U.S.

It is only a month after Motorola Mobility and Mayor Rahm Emanuel made an announcement that the company would move its Motorola Lays Off 700 In Libertyville and Chicagoheadquarters and 3,000 workers to downtown Chicago that the company is announcing these layoffs. The cuts will suspend a state incentives program that would give Motorola tax breaks for retaining the minimum of 2,500 local employees. “When Google bought Motorola Mobility (in May), we knew things would not go along as they had in the past, that Google would bring new focus and restructuring to the business,“Emanuel told the Tribune in a phone interview.

Google’s new vision for Motorola involves shuttering about 30 of its 90 facilities and focusing on innovation and more profitable devices.

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