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GM, FORD TO LAY OFF 33,600 FOR ONE WEEK AT NINE PLANTS

Nearly 33,600 General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. workers will be laid off for at least a week in the latest series of layoffs blamed on slow sales or too-high inventory.

Aside from the layoffs announced Wednesday, effective in the next five weeks at nine car and truck assembly plants, the Big Three automakers have announced indefinite layoffs at 11 assembly plants affecting more than 13,500 employees.

Other layoffs in supplier and component plants are likely because of the assembly plant shutdowns. It is difficult to track those plants because of their numbers and the possibility that they will continue production and build inventory despite the shutdown of an assembly plant they supply.

GM said Wednesday that car assembly plants in Atlanta and Doraville, Ga.; Fairfax, Kan.; Lansing, Mich., and Linden, N.J., along with a van plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and a Truck & Bus Group plants in Baltimore; Shreveport, La., and Pontiac, Mich., would be down for at least a week apiece in late January through mid-February.

The production cuts will affect about 27,600 workers.

Ford said the new layoffs would involve 5,600 workers at plants in Edison, N.J.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky., and come in addition to 5,600 layoffs previously announced for the company's car and truck plants in Lorain, Ohio.

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