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IBM Lays Off 1,000-1,500 Workers; RTP Employees Minimally Affected

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RALEIGH — Big Blue is laying off 1,000-1,500 workers in its Global Servicesunit. Much of that unit is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, but sources say only a very few workers will be affected. And those workers may be eligible for other jobs with IBM.

The layoffs come after IBM added more than 10,000 employees in the first five months of thisyear, totalling 315,000 workers worldwide.

The cuts are being made at various U.S. locations to respond tochanging client demand and do not reflect a business slowdown, IBMspokeswoman Jan Butler said Tuesday.

Global Services, IBM's consulting and outsourcing arm, is one ofthe company's fastest-growing units. According to GartnerDataquest, it is the world's largest information technologyservices unit.

Shares of IBM were off $1.15 to $113.20 in trading Tuesday onthe New York Stock Exchange.

Employees losing their jobs were notified on Monday.

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