IBM (NYSE: IBM) is not the only high-tech giant cutting jobs in North Carolina.
HP (NYSE: HPQ) has disclosed in a filing with the North Carolina Department of Commerce that it has cut jobs at its HP Enterprise Services operation in Raleigh.
According to a filing disclosed Monday at the Commerce website, HP said it cut 147 jobs as of March 17.
The layoffs were deemed “permanent.” But in a letter to the Department of Commerce outlining the layoffs, HP said that the actual number of people losing their jobs may be less than 147 because affected workers may be able to find another position within the company or transfer to another HP facility. Each HP worker who was laid off was given the equivalent of 60 days pay and benefits.
IBM began laying off people in Research Triangle Park and across the state last week.
The HP job cuts are part of a restructuring plan put in place by CEO Meg Whitman. The world’s No. 1 PC maker, which is being pursued closely by No. 2 Lenovo, also has a huge services operation.
Much of that Services business became part of HP when it acquired EDS in 2009 for some $13.9 billion.
According to its website, the Enterprise Services group “provides infrastructure technology outsourcing services, applications services, and industry services, including business process outsourcing to more than 1,700 business and government clients in 90 countries.”
The company says it provides :comprehensive IT services to more than 1,700 business and government clients in 90 countries.”
Just last week at a conference, Whitman said HP had reached the half-way point in a plan to lay off some 27,000 people out of a work force numbering 350,000 by the end of 2013.
Last month, HP reported a 32 percent drop in earnings for its second quarter.