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Chrysler cut 8.7 percent of workforce in first half of 2009

by Bill Cawthon on

Since January, Chrysler LLC and Chrysler Group LLC have shed more than 4,700 employees or about 8.7 percent of its workforce.

Yesterday, the company released figures showing it had 49,637 hourly and salaried employees as of July 1. It had about 54,400 in December 2008. Employee buyout programs are credited with helping the automaker reduce its head count.

Chrysler now employs fewer than 55 of every 100 people who worked for the firm at the end of 2004 when its workforce was close to 91,000.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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