Thursday, September 1, 2016

As Motorcycle Sales Slump, Layoffs at Harley-Davidson

More layoffs at Harley-Davidson are a sign that motorcycle sales continue to slump.

The Local 175 president told the York Daily Record the plant [near York, PA] now employs about 950 union members, down from 2,000 in 2009.

An additional 200 job cuts are planned for October, probably resulting in slightly more than 100 layoffs. Harley-Davidson expects to sell 10,000 fewer motorcycles than forecast as the year began. While sales of motorcycles as basic transportation are booming in parts of Asia, U.S. sales have been sagging for the last five years as motorcycles are increasingly seen as an extravagance.