GM to Slash 1,300 Michigan Jobs: Vehicles Roll Toward Retirement
General Motors has announced that it will lay off 1,300 workers in Michigan at the end of March 2020 due to the end of vehicle production in the area. This cut is reportedly the result of plans to discontinue production of the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac CT6 by the end of the year. The workers have been employed in the Lansing Grand River and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly questions, but will be sent home for good as the company shifts focus to build more efficient and electric vehicles. GM spokeswoman Jennifer Boyer said in a statement that the layoffs are a necessary step in who they are working towards becoming. This is the latest in a series of layoffs in the company. In 2019, 30,000 jobs were eliminated worldwide, but the most recent round of Michigan cuts could have an even greater impact. The state of Michigan has long relied on the auto industry for job opportunities, and though plenty of jobs remain in the industry, the contraction can affect its regions and workers in dire ways. The Automotive Communities Partnership research firm has estimated that the layoffs will cost Michigan $250 million, and the typical GM worker makes an average of $70,000, meaning the area stands to lose a lot of money should the 1,300 workers not find new employment swiftly. There is hope yet, however, that Michigan may still be able to retain much of its automotive industry as new technology comes into play. GM said that it is “still committed to retaining value and creating a competitive, profitable center in Michigan” and that no decision has been made about the future of the plants in the question. However, until more information is available, the 1,300 workers may remain anxious about what the future holds for their paths of employment.