- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Alcoa has told the state it is laying off up to 37 employees at a plant in Lake Charles.

However, the state labor department said Friday the company expects the layoffs to be temporary.

The company blamed the job losses on unspecified unforeseeable business circumstances.

The layoffs are planned at Alcoa’s “calcined (kal-SIGHNED’) coke” facility, which makes a product used in the smelting process. These layoffs follow 130 job losses last year when the company closed another production facility at the same plant.

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