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Ford announces large batch of layoffs

Bill Ford, chairman of the board and CEO of Ford Motor Company, shown Jan. 8, during press days at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.
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Bill Ford, chairman of the board and CEO of Ford Motor Company, shown Jan. 8, during press days at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

Ford Motor Company has announced it will lay off three thousand employees. It could be just the start of a series of layoffs ahead.

Two thousand of the job eliminations are among the salaried ranks, and a thousand are among contractors for Ford. That's just a fraction of the automaker's roughly 180,000 workers globally, but there are signs there could be more layoffs in store in the near to mid-term future.

Ford CEO Jim Farley has said the company needs to be "reshaped." On an earnings call earlier this summer, Farley said, "we have skills that don't work anymore and jobs that need to change."

Ford's goal is to make its costs more in line with those of its competitors, as well as shift more of its focus to electric vehicles rather than ones that run on gasoline.

Tracy Samilton covers the auto beat for Michigan Radio. She has worked for the station for 12 years, and started out as an intern before becoming a part-time and, later, a full-time reporter. Tracy's reports on the auto industry can frequently be heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as on Michigan Radio. She considers her coverage of the landmark lawsuit against the University of Michigan for its use of affirmative action a highlight of her reporting career.