Intel to cut 12,000 jobs as it confronts decline in computers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Intel says it will cut 12,000 jobs -- about 11 percent of its workforce -- as it reorganizes to confront a decline in sales of personal computers.

Intel hasn't said when or where the layoffs will happen, but local leaders are reacting.

The chipmaker said the cuts will include "voluntary and involuntary departures" from its operations around the world. Most of the affected workers will be notified in the next 60 days.

Intel said the cuts will provide about $1.4 billion in annual savings by the time the cuts are completed next year.

The company, based in Santa Clara, California, is a leading supplier of computer chips, but PC sales have been declining steadily in recent years. It's trying to focus on its most profitable lines of business, which include making processors for data center computers and Internet-connected gadgets.