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Chrysler to cut 1,000 more salaried jobs

Chrysler to cut 1,000 more salaried jobs
Chrysler Town and Country minivans sit lined up at Reuther Chrysler Jeep in Creve Coeur, Missouri on July 2, 2008. Daimler Chrysler has announced that they will stop making the minivan at the Fenton, Missouri plant, eliminating over 2,400 jobs. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) | License Photo

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., July 24 (UPI) -- U.S. auto giant Chrysler LLC announced it would cut an additional 1,000 jobs from its salaried staff, creating an 18 percent staff cut since February 2007.

The company also said it would reduce its contracted workers, but it did not give a target number for that reduction, The Detroit News reported Thursday.

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In total, the company has shrunk by 28,000 hourly and salaried positions in about 18 months, the News reported.

The job cuts are "in response to the continued deterioration in the U.S. automotive market," Chrysler executive vice president for human resources and communications Nancy Rae wrote in a memo to employees.

Chrysler sales dropped 22 percent from January to the end of June, against an industry average drop of 10 percent, the News reported.

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