A labor unrest in northern Mexico has prompted a drop in Nike’s active labor force.
In August, the United States’ Labor Department announced that the Nike Mexican Manufacturing Company had hired more than 10,000 temporary workers and contractors in the state of Michoacan, which borders Arizona.
The agency said the new hires had “created an effective, high-quality manufacturing operation with a high quality product range, and a high level of customer satisfaction.”
Nike, which manufactures a variety of footwear and apparel products in Mexico, said that the workers would be responsible for providing a range of services, including manufacturing the shoes and apparel.
At the time, the company said it would invest more than $3 billion to create jobs.
On Wednesday, the Mexican government reported that the number of permanent jobs at the Nike factory in Mexico had fallen to 2,818, down from 2,936 jobs in September.
Nike said that about 2,500 of the new workers were “involuntarily removed” to the company’s home base in Arizona.