Paragould Employer Lays Off 49 Employees

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Emerson Electric in Paragould will cut 49 jobs, adding to job-cuts that happened earlier this month.

On November 3, 19 employees were laid off but another 49 will join them as the national economy slowly starts to affect Region 8.

Paragould Chamber of Commerce members say, overall, Paragould's economy is strong and this plant's layoffs are a trickle down effect of the national troubles we have heard so much about.

"We will continue to try to avoid these layoffs but the national economy is affecting us." said Paragould CoC President Sue McGowan.

Emerson makes electric motors for appliances for companies like Kenmore and Whirlpool.