KARE 11 reported this local story. The male anchor introduces the lead, saying that although the unemployment rate fell to its lowest point in 2 1/2 years, but Minnesota-based Cargill plans on cutting 2,000 employees right before the holiday season.
The anchor makes a transition to the reporter who has more information. She reports that Cargill confirms it has cut the positions, issuing a statement which says, "These actions are in response to the continued weak global economy."
The company has its headquarters in Minnesota and employs 138,000 people worldwide, the anchor reports. Cargill employees told KARE 11 that they were called in Thursday and let go without warning. The employees were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, which prevents them from speaking publicly about the cuts.
Then the story is put in a nationwide context. The reporter says the layoffs come just as the US unemployment rate is improving. The unemployment rate is at 8.6 percent, the lowest it's been since March 2009.
The reporter interviewed a woman who was laid off in January 2009, and again last month from her job at the Lowe's store in Rogers.
The reporter speaks live the entire time, but there are videos shown throughout the report. These videos include footage of Cargill's buildings and then the New York Department of Labor to provide a visual for unemployment nationwide.