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BlackBerry Confirms Loss of 200 Jobs

BlackBerry image — It was a packed house at the BlackBerry 10 product launch in January.

BlackBerry’s workforce is being reduced in a bid to find further efficiencies within the company.

blackberry-logo_1The company has confirmed it is cutting 200 jobs in Florida and Ontario, Canada. It’s a move that ties in with the company’s bid to place less focus on creating smartphones and devices and more attention on software.

“As BlackBerry continues to execute its turnaround plan, we remain focused on driving efficiencies across our global workforce,” the company said in an emailed statement to Reuters.

The company had made no official statement on its website or issued a press release. Without official information it remains unknown what the cuts do to the company’s overall number of employees, but as of paperwork roughly one year ago BlackBerry employed roughly 6,220 individuals.

The company did confirm one employee who is leaving BlackBerry is one who has been with the company the longest, Gary Klassen. Klassen was instrumental in the creation of blackBerry’s messaging service, BBM.

BlackBerry’s last round of cuts, made in September, had the same number of employees slashed.

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