Chevron May Cut 385 Louisiana Workers

BATON ROUGE (AP) — American oil giant Chevron has reaffirmed forecasts that it may cut as many as 385 jobs in the Gulf of Mexico this year — 45 of them working offshore and the remainder in offices in Covington and Lafayette.

         The cuts could equal up to about one-fifth of Chevron's Gulf of Mexico business unit's 1,800 workers.

         The unit employs about 740 workers in Covington, 195 in Lafayette and the rest offshore.

         The Advocate’s Richard Thompson reports Chevron first announced the layoffs in November but provided some clarity Friday in a filing with the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

         The cuts are slated to begin April 4 and to be completed by June 7. Some workers may be offered transitional jobs, and Chevron plans to help affected employees find jobs in other locations and offer severance to those who are unable to do so.

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