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Microsoft cuts jobs at Fargo campus

Microsoft campus in south Fargo. (Forum file photo)

Fargo, ND - Job cuts were made at Fargo’s Microsoft campus today as the Redmond, Wash.-based company continues its restructuring.

Microsoft announced the restructuring plan in July, saying it would reduce workforce over the next year. It expected to slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce.

“Many of the job reductions were made in July and additional reductions were made today,” Don Morton, senior director and Microsoft’s Fargo site leader, said in a statement.

“The Microsoft campus in Fargo, N.D., is impacted by this latest action and a number of positions based in Fargo will be eliminated.  The employees impacted have been informed of these changes, and a program has been initiated to help ensure the best possible process and support,” Morton said.

He did not specify how many positions.

The Fargo campus is one of Microsoft’s strategic North American research and development centers, Morton said, adding that the company remains committed to the local campus.

The Fargo campus employs 877 people, according to December 2013 figures. Nearly 700 others at the campus do work for vendors.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., had said in July that the Fargo campus did not expect any of its employees to be laid off.

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