Mass. Tech Firm EMC To Cut 2,400 Jobs

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EMC says it will cut 2,400 jobs. The Hopkinton, Mass.-based data storage company says about a quarter of those cuts will be in Massachusetts. WBUR's Abigail Beshkin reports.

The job cuts come even as the company says it expects fourth-quarter 2008 revenues to reach a record $4 billion.

But EMC officials say they're bracing for the worsening economy.

That's not an unusual move, says the Massachusetts High Technology Council's Chris Anderson. He says companies learned a lesson when the Internet bubble burst, namely:

ANDERSON: To moderate their workforce today, in hopes that even as the economy continues to slow — that when there is a recovery that begins — they'll be better positioned for growth and for market advances.

EMC, which employs about 9,000 in Massachusetts, expects to save half-a-billion dollars by the end of 2010.

For WBUR, I'm Abigail Beshkin.

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