A Whirlpool logo is seen on a Whirlpool refrigerator on the Singers showroom floor Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 in Philadelphia. Whirlpool Corp. says it will cut 5,000 jobs in an effort as it faces soft demand and higher costs for materials. The jobs to be cut are mostly in North America and Europe. They include 1,200 salaried positions and the closing of the company's Fort Smith, Ark., plant. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
A Whirlpool logo is seen on a Whirlpool refrigerator on the Singers showroom floor Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011 in Philadelphia. Whirlpool Corp. says it will cut 5,000 jobs in an effort as it faces soft demand and higher costs for materials. The jobs to be cut are mostly in North America and Europe. They include 1,200 salaried positions and the closing of the company's Fort Smith, Ark., plant. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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published Friday, October 28th, 2011
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Appliance maker Whirlpool Corp. plans to cut 5,000 jobs, about 10 percent of its workforce in North America and Europe, as it faces soft demand and higher costs for materials.

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