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Burlington Industries To Cut 200 Jobs In Hoke County

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HOKE COUNTY, N.C. — Burlington Industries announced plans Thursday to lay off hundreds of workers in Hoke County, saying the layoffs are related to the war on terrorism.

The textile company said it plans to cut roughly 200 jobs because the military is cutting back.

Burlington Industries helps make suits soldiers wear to ceremonies, court and special events, but with troops being deployed, the military does not need as many dress uniforms.

Since 1990, the company has laid off 945 workers in Hoke County, which accounts for 75 percent of the county's mass job losses from layoffs and closings.

Statewide since 1990, Burlington has had 38 closings or mass layoffs, totaling more than 8,000 jobs. Iredell lost the most -- 1,095 jobs, followed by Hoke County, Guilford County with 940 and Davidson County with 920.


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