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Could a Sprint merger with T-Mobile kill more jobs than Sprint has?

A widely anticipated merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US could cost the nation more jobs than exist at Sprint, according to one analyst.

Together, the companies reported employing 78,000 in their most recent disclosures. Sprint, based in suburban Kansas City, accounts for 28,000 of those, and T-Mobile for 50,000.

Merging the companies, said a report by Jonathan Chaplin of New Street Research, could eliminate “approximately 30,000 American jobs” — which is more than Sprint employs.

Chaplin was not available to discuss the report. His report did not itemize the 30,000 total.

But it is clear that the total includes job losses beyond the merging companies’ direct...