GM says it has 2,700 factory jobs for workers to be laid off

General Motors' massive 14,000-person layoff announced last month might not be as bad as originally projected.

The company said Friday that 2,700 out of the 3,300 factory jobs slated for elimination will now be saved by adding jobs at other U.S. factories that will focus more on making SUVs and electric vehicles. 

Blue-collar workers in many cities will still lose jobs when GM shutters four U.S. factories next year, but most could find employment at other GM plants. Some would have to relocate.

GM still plans to lay off about 8,000 white-collar workers and another 2,600 factory workers in Canada.

In November, GM announced plans to end production at the U.S. factories and one in Ontario as part of a restructuring. Legislators and President Donald Trump hammered GM over the layoffs. 

GM says the factory hires were in the works before its announcement of the layoffs and the criticism that followed.