Sep 25, 2012 (Contra Costa Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Comcast will eliminate about 1,000 jobs in Northern California, including more than 300 in the East Bay and more than 300 in the South Bay, part of a Comcast decision to close call centers in Livermore, Morgan Hill and Sacramento.
California's cost structure forced the hand of the telecommunications giant, Comcast said.
"We have concluded that the cost of doing business makes operations in California expensive and very difficult," said Andrew Johnson, a spokesman for Comcast, the dominant provider of cable television services in the Bay Area.
Comcast will transfer its call center work to existing similar operations in Portland, Seattle and Denver.
"This decision has nothing to do with the good performance of our folks in Northern California," Johnson said.
The job cuts, a fresh blow for a state that continues to stagger beneath the burden of a stubbornly high jobless rate, will take effect Nov. 30.
"It is important to note the total number of Comcast employees answering the phones will not decrease," Johnson said. "In the future, Northern California customer calls being handled in California will be managed outside of the state."
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