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said it plans to reduce the size of its recruiting organization by about 100 positions and will close some engineering offices.

In a blog post on the company's Web site, Laszlo Block, vice president for people operations, said the Internet giant is "still hiring but at a reduced rate. Given the state of the economy, we recognized that we needed fewer people focused on hiring."

In a separate blog post, this one written by Alan Eustace, senior vice president of engineering and research, Google said it plans to shut an engineering office in Austin, Texas, and offices in Norway and Sweden.

A Google spokesman said the closing of the engineering offices wasn't motivated by cost cutting and that Google will offer jobs to the 70 employees affected by the changes, according to the

Wall Street Journal


The spokesman also said the 100 recruiters let go represents less than a quarter of Google's total recruiter population, the



The company doesn't have plans to announce any further cuts, according to the spokesman, the newspaper reports.