Staffing levels at Bank of America lower than before big mergers / takeovers


Bank of America’s cost-cutting hit a new milestone last quarter.

Bloomberg News reports that the bank’s headcount dropped to 204,681 in the third quarter, a decline of more than 3,000 in the period. The company now has fewer employees than it did in the second quarter of 2008, before its crisis-era acquisitions of subprime lender Countrywide Financial Corp. and investment bank Merrill Lynch.

The bank’s headcount jumped by more than 40,000 after each of those acquisitions, but years of scaling back its mortgage operations and using technology to reduce the need for employees has wiped out that expansion.

The cuts have helped Bank of America’s efforts to control costs. Expenses accounted for 57% of revenue in the third quarter, the best ratio in more than five years.

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