AOL to Lay Off 1,300

Via AP:

NEW YORK — AOL is laying off about 1,300 employees, or 7 percent of its worldwide work force, and is closing its call center in Jacksonville, Florida. Other cuts will come from call centers in Ogden, Utah, and Tucson, Arizona.

No New York staff cuts reported, with nominal reductions in Albuquerque and Dulles, Virginia. The company is spinning it like this:

“The Internet world of 2006 is very different from the world of 1996 when AOL first established these member centers,” Graham said. “Today, AOL members are more savvy and sophisticated online. They are very different members today than they were in 1996.”

They apparently don’t call as much, and don’t subscribe. Call volume has dropped by 50 percent since 2004, and the number of U.S. subscribers dropped by about 22 percent in the past two years. AOL had 18.6 million subscribers as of March 31.

AOL Laying Off About 1,300 Employees [AP via Yahoo!]