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The San Jose Mercury News reported high-technology industries have cut four times as many jobs nationally in 1998 as they did in the same period last year, imposing more layoffs than almost every other sector of the economy, according to a report released Tuesday by an international outplacement firm.

The survey of job-cut announcements was yet another signal of the slowing of economic growth both in Silicon Valley and nationally. It attributed many of the reductions to the global financial crisis, particularly the recession that has gripped much of Asia.

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