Motorola Mobility, the cellphone maker that last week announced plans to cut 4,000 of its 20,000 employees, told the state it will lay off 57 workers at its facility in the Alliance area at 5300 Westport Pkwy. Company representatives were not immediately available to address the status of the local operation, which years ago had as many as 1,500 workers but which has wound down since then. Motorola was acquired by Google a year ago. According to Motorola's filing with the state, the layoffs are mostly permanent and will begin on or about Aug. 31. It also said it is possible that the number of employees cut could be smaller "because of alternative employment opportunities with Motorola Mobility." Laidoff workers will receive severance benefits, it said.
-- Jim Fuquay
The Texas cable industry’s impact on the state’s economy has grown, according to a study done for the industry by the Bortz Media and Sports Group.
The industry employed 112,410 Texans “directly or indirectly” and put more than $15.9 billion into the economy last year, the study said.
In 2008, another study by the same group group found that the Texas cable industry supported 97,138 jobs and nearly $14.7 billion in impact.
- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram