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US COMPUTER COMPANY'S DECISION MEANS JOB LOSSES IN INVERCLYDE

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National Semiconductors plans to pull out of Greenock, the town where it has been based for 29 years, leading to th...
National Semiconductors plans to pull out of Greenock, the town where it has been based for 29 years, leading to the loss of 600 jobs.

The Scotsman (p1) reports that the company blamed its decision on the collapse of the world market in semiconductors. The leader of Inverclyde Council, Harry Mulholland, said he was upset at the news.

Mr Mulholland said: 'This will almost double our unemployment rate. It's a disastrous blow for the area. There are many members of the community whose whole families work in the plant, so job losses could have a terrible effect on people's living standards and their ability to pay their mortgages.

'We experienced very bad unemployment here a generation ago with the demise of the shipyards,' he added.
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