Sun Microsystems to Lay Off 350

Sun Microsystems plans to lay off about 350 employees at the start of next year, according to a letter filed under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The computer systems maker said in its letter that it would lay off 352 people across the U.S between Jan. 5 and Jan. 25, citing a “need to reduce overall spending” in fiscal 2009. Late last month, Sun (s JAVA) reported a $1.7 billion loss for the first quarter of its fiscal 2009 year.
Since May, Sun has laid off about 1,500 employees, according to its filings with the SEC. As of the end of June, the company employed about 34,900 people. In addition to Sun, Freescale Semiconductor (s fsl) also filed a WARN letter saying it plans to lay off 138 employees in Austin, Texas, while hosting provider Verio said it plans to lay off 71 people in Dallas.