BNSF Railway Co. said Thursday it is cutting back hiring and instituting furloughs because of declining freight demand.
“Our workforce needs are driven by our customers’ freight transportation needs. Customers’ volumes in the near term have come down somewhat from their prior estimates; as a result, we are having to adjust our workforce demand numbers down to match volume and the work required to move that volume,” the company said in an emailed statement.
BNSF Railway spokeswoman Roxanne Butler said the company would be reducing its hiring plans for the next several months and temporarily furloughing a number of employees.
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