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Nissan lays off 381, down from 700 originally projected

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Nissan Motor Co. says fewer contract workers than previously announced were laid off from its Mississippi plant.

The company tells Mississippi officials that it cut 381 contractors on Friday, after reducing production of vans and trucks at the Canton plant. No direct Nissan employees were laid off.

While Nissan projected as many as 700 layoffs, spokeswoman Lloryn Love-Carter says fewer were necessary. Some workers quit on their own and others took buyouts.

About 6,000 employees and contractors now work at Nissan, down from 6,400 in January.

Nissan cut production of NV passenger and cargo vans from two shifts to one on Jan. 25 and cut production of Titan and Frontier pickups from three shifts to two on Feb. 22.

The Japanese automaker is reducing North American production, citing low profits.

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