HP to cut thousands of jobs worldwide

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Hewlett-Packard announced Thursday afternoon it’s laying off thousands of workers. The company says it doesn’t know what impact that’ll have on the Rio Rancho plant but, if past layoffs are any indication, it may not be good. HP is set to lay off between 11,000 and 16,000 jobs, worldwide, to save money.

The company announced its second quarter earnings Thursday and they’re down from last year. HP has been struggling lately because not as many people are buying PC’s.

Thursday’s layoff news comes just two years after the company announced it would be laying off 34,000 workers. Eventually, the Rio Rancho plant lost 200 jobs.

In 2009, the state pitched in $20 million and the City of Rio Rancho contributed $2 million to convince HP to build a massive customer service center here. As part of the deal, HP only pays $1 in rent.

The company agreed to employ at least 1,300 people by now but, as of December, it had fewer than 700 on staff.

In January the City of Rio Rancho asked for some of that incentive money back because HP wasn’t living up to its end of the job deal.

KRQE News 13 talked to HP and the City of Rio Rancho, Thursday, neither could say if this would impact the local plant.

The governor’s office tells us they’re working on a response to Thursday’s announcement.

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