Aetna, Hartford, Conn., said it would eliminate about 200 information technology jobs, or about 6% of its IT workforce, as part of an ongoing turnaround effort. The nation's second-largest health insurer said it plans to lay off 50 to 60 employees, terminate 106 consultants and eliminate some vacant positions in its application development services unit, largely in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Most of the workers will be notified during the next two months. The latest cuts come on top of Aetna's December 2001 announcement that it would eliminate 6,000 jobs, or about 16% of its total workforce, in the coming year. The company, which has been struggling to contain rising medical costs and boost sagging earnings, employs about 3,000 staffers and 400 consultants in its IT unit.
Aetna layoffs extend to IT jobs in turnaround effort
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