Rumors have been flying lately and the tip emails won’t stop – now Motorola’s plans to undergo a significant workforce reduction have been confirmed by the Chicago Tribune. When all is said and done this year, Motorola will have laid off approximately 4,000 workers across all divisions. The hardest hit area of the company, as we’re sure you could have guessed, will be the mobile phone division. Layoffs in Moto’s mobile arm will total about 3,000 over the course of the year despite continued news of big changes afoot. Motorola is expected to make Android a big focus and the result will hopefully be a fresh new twist to the Motorola smartphones of old. We’ve also seen some promising new design elements in the various Motos heading to Verizon. With an earnings announcement coming on February 3rd and a bleak preliminary outlook of estimate – a net loss of between $0.07 and $0.08 per share – the once dominant handset manufacturer has too much climbing to do and apparently it has no choice but to shed some layers in order to have a prayer. Including Q4 2008, this will bring Moto’s tally up to a staggering 7,000 layoffs.