While the majority of Toyota's jobs are still in Japan, the auto juggernaut has also accumulated a 34,000-employee empire here in the U.S. as well. Those jobs are scattered among ten manufacturing facilities and three main office complexes in Michigan, Kentucky and at the company's North American headquarters in Torrence, California. But the downtrodden auto industry and Toyota's recent losses have prompted the Japanese automaker to find ways to cut costs, and the company's California headquarters may lose some workers as a result.

The Detroit News is reporting that Toyota is relocating product planning, accounting, travel and data services jobs from California to its engineering and manufacturing headquarters in Kentucky and its technical center in Michigan. Toyota is neither confirming or denying the report, but the company did say it isn't going to exit California like Nissan did earlier in the decade, adding "Emphasis has been placed on finding new efficiencies, shared services and enhanced collaboration to address the changing economic conditions and prepare Toyota for the future automotive market environment." Toyota currently employs 10,700 workers in California, a number that will drop if this report proves true.

UPDATE: Toyota has released a statement that it isn't planning any "significant geographic relocation of personnel" at this time. Hit the jump to view the short release.

[Source: The Detroit News]


PRESS RELEASE:

Toyota's North American affiliate companies have no plans to change their multi-company structure, nor plans for any significant geographic relocation of personnel outside of normal operations. Emphasis has been placed on finding new efficiencies, shared services and enhanced collaboration to address the changing economic conditions and prepare Toyota for the future automotive market environment.