The wireless carrier AT&T is cutting 3,400 jobs and shutting down 250 stores over the next few weeks, according to a statement from the Communications Workers of America, a union representing AT&T workers.
The AT&T Mobility and Cricket Wireless retail closures will affect 1,300 jobs, while the other layoffs are said to be affecting technical and clerical workers.
The job cuts are part of the company’s effort to focus on growth areas and address lower customer demand for some legacy products, AT&T said.
The “economic impact and changed customer behaviors” resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic were also drivers behind the telecom giant’s decision, AT&T said in a statement to Business Insider. The carrier also said it was eliminating more nonpayroll workers, many of whom are based outside of the US, than managers or union-represented employees.