CONSOL Slashes 10% of Workforce – 470 Jobs Gone

We have an update on the sad news we first reported yesterday–that CONSOL Energy has made another round of layoffs (see CONSOL Energy Swings the Ax Again – New Round of Layoffs). We now have numbers to share. CONSOL is laying off approximately 10% of its entire workforce–290 jobs (i.e. people) gone in its gas and corporate operations, and 180 jobs (i.e. people) gone in its Pennsylvania coal mines. That’s 470 families facing a major economic crisis with the loss of a job. What does Wall Street do? They pop the cork and celebrate–more cash in their pockets–driving CONSOL’s stock price higher. These cuts come just three months after CONSOL previously laid off 170 people in April (see CONSOL Energy Lays Off Workers in CNX Gas Division in WV/PA). That’s a grand total of 640 people gone in the past three months. CONSOL’s comment? “These are very difficult but prudent decisions given the depressed nature of commodity prices”…

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