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Tellabs, BellSouth outsource; Verizon labor talks continue; and the rumor mill is spinning out of control

August 4, 2003

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Headcount: Survey Sez

Nearly one out of four (23%) of unemployed folks have been out of work for between six months and a year during the current recession, according to a study by Rutgers University (Click here for the full study results).

With so many hunting for relatively few jobs, the grumbling about how the government is handling job-related issues is getting louder. Of those surveyed, 8 percent say President Bush is doing an "excellent" job on work issues, and 2 percent give Congress high marks.

Is it possible that no elected official will be taking credit for job creation during the next election? That would be a first ...

Meanwhile, the only thing Headcount can take credit for is bringing you this past week's most interesting hirings, firings, and other telecom employment news:

  • Jobs on the Horizon: While Indian workers here are fighting to keep their H-1Bs (see Workers Oppose H-1B Bill ), BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) is at work on something called "Project Horizon," through which it will outsource IT work to a facility run by business partner Accenture in Bangalore, India. BellSouth says it chose India because of the "high quality and low cost of technical resources... and the country's pro-U.S. business environment."

    "Our current business case suggests moving one-third to one-half of our IT application work offshore. This equates to 600-900 positions over the next four years," says BellSouth in a memo about Project Horizon. The plan is supposed to save BellSouth $275 million over five years.

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