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IBM Pledges New York Job Retention a Year After Firings

International Business Machines Corp. promised to keep 3,100 jobs in its home state through the next two years -- restoring positions the company eliminated last year.

IBM agreed to keep the high-technology jobs in the Hudson Valley through 2016, increasing the number of positions it has pledged to retain by 750, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday in a statement. As part of a global workforce reduction, IBM fired almost 700 workers last year in Dutchess County, where it had about 8,000 employees as of 2012, according to the county government.