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REPORT: Volkswagen cut 7,800 German jobs in 2006

FRANKFURT (Reuters) -- Volkswagen has cut more than 7,800 jobs at its western German VW plants this year as it seeks to lower the automotive world's highest labor costs, its personnel director was quoted as saying.

"The reduction in western Europe includes the medium-term elimination of 20,000 jobs in Germany," Horst Neumann was quoted as saying in the Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper today.

"It was already 7,835 (job cuts) this year, of which 3,648 were in Wolfsburg," he added, referring to VW's main German plant.

Volkswagen was not immediately available to comment on the report.

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