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Accenture lays off 45 in Charlotte

Outsourcing company Accenture said it has issued layoff notices to 45 Charlotte employees as the company becomes the latest to slash its work force amid a U.S. slowdown in home-loan refinancing.

The employees, who worked at the company’s Forest Point Boulevard site, were notified Dec. 4, a spokesman said. Accenture employs roughly 1,500 in the Charlotte region, the spokesman said. The laid-off workers represent 3 percent of the company’s local work force.

Accenture is a Dublin-based company that also provides management consulting and technology services. In 2011, it bought Dallas-based Zenta, allowing Accenture to begin offering residential and commercial mortgage processing, such as origination and servicing for lenders.

Zenta is an Accenture subsidiary whose primary office is at 8215 Forest Point Blvd., according to Accenture’s website. The majority of Zenta’s employees are based in Charlotte, said a spokesman, who did not provide a figure.

The layoffs come as fewer borrowers are refinancing their mortgages amid rising mortgage rates. As applications to refinance have fallen, it’s created less need for employees who handle that paperwork. This year, lenders have announced thousands of such layoffs nationwide, including in the Charlotte area.

Accenture attempts to find other opportunities within the company for laid-off workers, the spokesman said. The company employs approximately 275,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 50 countries.

Roberts: 704-358-5248; Twitter: @DeonERoberts
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