Alcoa to Cut 13 Percent of its Work Force

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PITTSBURGH – Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. says it's cutting about 13 percent of its global work force and slashing spending and output due to the economic downturn.

The Pittsburgh-based company says 1,700 contractors also will be cut and that it's implementing a global salary and hiring freeze.

As a result of its actions, Alcoa expects fourth-quarter charges of between $900 million and $950 million. The company expects to report quarterly results Jan. 12.