Verizon said Monday it will cut 8,000 jobs from among employees and contractors before the end of the year to keep costs in line as the recession saps demand from businesses for telecommunications services.

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) operates a large network control center in Cary, N.C.

The company also offers local phone service in the Durham area, but Verizon is selling that coverage area and several others to Frontier Communications.

Executives said the cuts will come from departments dedicated to traditional, landline phone service.

In recent years, New York-based Verizon Communications Inc. has balanced layoffs in its wireline business with hiring in wireless, making for a net increase.

But Chief Operating Officer Denny Strigl said that will not be the case this time. He said there will be no large-scale hiring in wireless until the recession is over.

"We probably will not have large-scale hiring until we’re out of the recession," Strigl said in an interview.

Verizon ended June with 235,000 employees. That doesn’t include contractors.

Earlier Monday, the nation’s largest wireless carrier said its second-quarter profit fell 21 percent as cost-cutting in its wireline business failed to keep pace with falling revenues.

The earnings announced narrowly beat Wall Street expectations, and Verizon said demand for cell phones and its new home TV service were holding up well in the recession.

Verizon earned $1.48 billion, or 52 cents per share, in the three months ended June 30. That’s down from $1.88 billion, or 66 cents per share, a year ago.