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April 8 – Sharp to slash 1,500 temp jobs – Hampton Affiliates sawmill cutting 275 – Bloomberg calls for NYC agencies to cut another 7,000

Mike: Hello to all and thanks for visiting The Layoff List. Today proved to be about the quietest day in weeks, if not months, for layoff announcements, especially larger ones. Tomorrow’s  Jobless Claims will give us a good indication of jobless trends. The consensus is for jobless claims to fall slightly to 664,000. From this viewpoint, it seems like the larger layoff announcements are slowing, but there are plenty of the smaller layoffs (<500) still being announced with regularity. We’ll know more tomorrow at 8:30 EDT.

If you know of any layoff announcemetns that this blogger has missed, and there are plenty, please pass them along and I’ll post them. Also, if you have news of any impending layoffs or companies that are hiring, be sure to send them along so others can be aware of those plans. You can post your information in the comments area, or send me a note at Thanks………..
Onto the news of the day:
* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:


Drew Sheneman - Apr 8

Drew Sheneman - Apr 8





- Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News -


- With the recession forcing corporations and institutions to cancel projects, technology suppliers are eyeing the economic-stimulus package as an elixir to keep revenue flowing. It earmarks more than $100 billion that could be spent on information technology, according to research company IDC.


- General Economic News -


Mike: MBA  Purchase Application increases were getting large headlines over the last month or so, but today barely a whimper. Not sure why, but maybe it’s because the applications are mostly for refinancing and not new homes

MBA Purchase Applications
7:00 AM ET

Mortgage applications filed last week rose a seasonally adjusted 4.7%, increasing even as interest rates charged on home loans experienced an upturn from the week before, the Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday.

via Mortgage applications show 4.7% increase for last week: MBA - MarketWatch .



- A radically updated Pentagon spending plan announced Monday would cut off new orders of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet this year, jeopardizing thousands of Connecticut jobs that depend on the program.

- Government Layoff News -


Mike: Below is another one of those master strokes of genius from government decision makers. It struck me as being comparable to laying off firemen when arson is increasing or dumping police officers as crime spikes. Oh, wait, they are doing that………….

- LANCASTER, Ohio — More newly jobless people are seeking help from the Fairfield County Job and Family Services office, but there will be fewer workers to respond and longer waits.

The agency is laying off 42 workers and leaving 10 more jobs vacant. The cuts eliminate about 20 percent of the staff.

via The Columbus Dispatch : Jobs office in Fairfield County is losing 52.


- Looking to plug a $44 million shortfall in its nearly $1 billion proposed budget, the Newark school district will close two middle schools and eliminate more than 50 central office jobs.

via Newark school district plans school closures, job cuts – .


-Bishop says a total of 58 people will be let go.  Of those, 22 are what are called professional positions, including the 15 teaching positions.  The remaining 36 are classified and administrative positions.  Bishop says she can’t tell us the specific positions because it would identify those employees.

via Roanoke City Schools cutting 58 jobs | WSLS 10.


- The plan? Close Port St. Lucie Elementary, and Southbend K-thru-8. Relocate 1,100 students. Lay off 331 teachers and staff.

Mandate an across the board 1% pay cut for all staff. The superintendant says plummeting sales tax revenues from the State is forcing the cuts.

via 331 Teachers and Staff Cut From Schools | staff, teachers, cut – Treasure Coast – West Palm Beach News -


- More than 120 teachers and staff will be notified that they won’t return next year after the Deer Valley Unified School District governing board approved layoffs Tuesday night

via Deer Valley Unified School District laying off 121 employees.


- Sixteen Nampa city employees lost their jobs Tuesday after city leaders determined a significant workforce cut was the most responsible way to address declining revenues.

via Nampa cuts 16 city employees | Nampa, Caldwell | Idaho Statesman


- The city will cut one full-time dock attendant, which is the second staff cut since last summer. Overtime pay, which amounted to $6,000 last year, has been eliminated

via Cuts Underway as City Marina Faces $56,000 Debt | | St. Ignace News.


- The city’s daunting budget crunch is having a local impact – three aides have been laid off from Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn’s staff.

via L.A. layoffs include 3 Hahn aides - .


- - Just months after he ordered cuts to more than 9,000 jobs, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has asked city agencies to slash 7,000 more.

via Bloomberg calls for city agencies to cut another 7,000 jobs – .


- The Scottsdale school board laid off almost 250 teachers, administrators and staff during an emotional board meeting Tuesday that brought some administrators and board members to tears.

via Emotions run high as Scottsdale schools lay off 250.


- GILBERT — More than 400 Gilbert teachers will be out of a job come May.

via More than 400 Gilbert teachers to be laid off | LOCAL NEWS | Arizona | .


- Crane Elementary School District has mailed out reduction in force (RIF) letters to 14 probationary teachers notifying them the district will not renew their contracts for next year, according to an official.



- US and some Canada Layoff News -



hampton-affiliates- Hit by the housing crisis and economic downturn, Portland-based Hampton Affiliates will lay off about 275 employees at its Oregon and Washington sawmills — including 85 in Tillamook — as a result of a reduction in operating hours.

via Hampton Affiliates shedding 275 sawmill jobs -


hampton-affiliates1- Citing a downturn in the lumber market, officials at the Portland, Ore.-based Hampton Affiliates announced this week that they plan to cut production and lay off 43 percent of the sawmill and planer mill employees at the Darrington operation.


- Philips Electronics North America has told state regulators that it plans to relocate its manufacturing and customer service operations at its Invivo Corp. business in Pewaukee, resulting in the permanent termination of 50 employees beginning in June.

via SAFE BRIEF: Invivo to relocate Pewaukee plant, cut 50 jobs.


- The plant will continue operating until June 30 “as we work with the 59 local team members to assist them with the transition,” the company said in a news release.

via Wells County food plant closing | The Journal Gazette.


neiman-marcus- About 100 sales support positions in stores across the country are being eliminated, and 31 jobs have been cut in a reorganization of marketing, public relations, advertising, creative services and production.

via Neiman Marcus cuts 131 more jobs | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Dallas Business News .


- Officials at Dean Health System (DHS) announced today approximately 90 positions currently held by staff within the organization will be eliminated. This represents less than 2% of the total staff. The affected positions are in both patient care and non-patient care areas.

via Dean Health System Staff Reductions .


- Facing a budget shortfall of $60 million this year, Nemours officials will eliminate about 325 positions at its clinics and offices in Orlando, Jacksonville and Pensacola, as well as a hospital in Wilmington, Del., and clinics in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The foundation currently employs about 4,400 people.

via Nemours will make cuts in its work force –


deere1- Farm machinery maker Deere & Co on Wednesday said it plan to cut 160 workers at its Des Moines, Iowa facility, effective April 27.

via STOCKS NEWS US-Deere to cut 160 jobs -


- Procter & Gamble Co. says it is cutting about 90 jobs at a plant in the central Puerto Rican town of Cayey that makes Olay skin care products and Vicks cold medicine.

via Procter & Gamble trims jobs at Puerto Rico plant -


- BEAVER, W.Va. (WSAZ) — A contract manufacturing plant that employs about 40 people in Raleigh County is closing down at the end of the month.

via Southern W.Va. Manufacturing Plant Closing, 40 Jobs Lost.


- EAST FLAT ROCK — General Electric Lighting Systems is laying off 10 people in its business office, plant officials said Tuesday.

via 10 GE Lighting Systems workers to be laid off | | Times-News Online | Hendersonville, NC.


kaiser- Kaiser Permanente Northern California has laid off 70 nonclinical staff across the region in response to declining enrollment, officials confirmed.

via Kaiser lays off 70 in Northern California – Modern Healthcare.


- Aurora-based Wagner Equipment Co., a dealer of Caterpillar heavy equipment, said Tuesday it would cut just under 10 percent of its workforce. “Despite our vigorous effort to avoid a staff reduction, due to current economic conditions we regretfully have to reduce our employment by approximately 140 people,” the company said in a statement.

via Aurora-based dealer of Caterpillar equipment lays off 140 – The Denver Post .


- Uncertain economic times have resulted in staff reductions at the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. Chamber officials said yesterday that nearly a fifth of its 58 employees are out of jobs due to a falling membership roster, event participation and sponsorship brought on by the failing economy.

via KXNT – Las Vegas - Chamber of Commerce Cuts Staff.


- New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has cut one fifth of its research team, but denies reports that this is as a result of a drop in donations.

via Professional Fundraising | New Philanthropy Capital cuts research staff .


- Camosun College is raising tuition next year and cutting 18 staff positions.

via – Camosun raises tuition, cuts 18 staff positions.


- SCC laid off four staffers, cut the hours of four more and did not renew the contracts of two non-tenure faculty

via The Free Press, Mankato, MN – SCC makes cuts.


international-paper4- AUBURNDALE – The closing of the International Paper Company plant in Auburndale and the elimination of the 96 jobs there is a significant blow to the city, a community business leader said Monday.

via Auburndale plant closing called ‘monumental’ | | News Chief | Winter Haven, FL.


- RTS Packing became the latest to join the list Tuesday with confirmation the company has shut down its Litchfield plant at a cost of more than 50 jobs. Workers already were removing equipment this week.

via RTS Packing closing Litchfield plant - Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.


- A Franklin automotive supplier bruised by lagging sales plans to halt production in two months, putting 87 employees out of work

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Climate Control said in a state filing today that it will stop making automotive air conditioning parts June 7 and will not resume production until demand picks up. – Indianapolis Business Journal – Story Detail.


ak-steel1- WEST CHESTER TWP. — Poor business conditions continue to take a toll on local steelmaking operations as AK Steel confirmed about 300 workers are still on layoff at Middletown Works.

via AK: 300 on layoff at Middletown Works.


tyco- - But the company continues to lay off a few workers here and there, according to two Tyco employees who contacted The Patriot-News.

via Tyco employees report some layoffs -


- Chicago-based American Medical Association is laying off 8-percent of its work staff.

via American Medical Association Announces Layoffs.


- WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Raley’s here said it laid off an undisclosed number of employees Monday in its corporate operations, primarily in the areas of facilities and construction.

via Raley’s Lays Off Facilities, Construction Personnel.


- BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Micro Motion Inc. says it is laying off 37 mostly salaried employees at its operations in Boulder as the economy declines.

via – Grand Junction, Montrose – Weather, News, Sports | Micro Motion laying off 37 in Boulder.


xstrata2- The Timmins Times has learned that roughly 130 contract worker layoffs are occurring at the Xstrata Nickel Montcalm Mine in Timmins as the result of what the company says is “an unplanned ground fall.”

via 130 temporary layoffs at the Montcalm Mine - Timmins Times – Ontario, CA .


gavel7- (Crain’s) — Vedder Price PC laid off nine lawyers, joining the growing ranks of firms that have cut staff amid an industry downturn.

via Vedder Price trims ranks | Crain’s Chicago Business.


- Vesuvius USA in Wurtland, Kentucky, laid off four employees last Friday. Plant Manager Mike Gilliam says four others were let go on February 16.


Engle Homes Inc. parent Tousa Inc. is laying off 65 employees at its offices in central Phoenix as its ramps down operations.



- - Stillwater’s Mercury MerCruiser plant has laid off about 135 workers this week, the company confirmed.

Affected are about 120 production employees and 15 salary employees, said Human Resources Director Jamie Payne. The workforce drops to around 400.

via Stillwater NewsPress – MerCruiser announces lay-offs.


- Greenheck Fan Corp. announced today it is laying off 37 office employees at its Schofield facility, citing declining non-residential construction in the country and globally.

via Greenheck cuts 37 from Schofield facility | | Wausau Daily Herald.


- Dawn Food Products told employees Tuesday that it plans to close its doughnut-making plant in Ossian on June 30. The decision means a loss of 59 area jobs.

via Ossian plant to close in June; 59 jobs lost | The News-Sentinel – Fort Wayne IN.


rbs4- PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC announced it plans to eliminate as many as 9,000 positions globally, affecting some 1,250 jobs at Citizens Financial Group in the United States.



- International Layoff News -



sharp- TOKYO — Sharp Corp. Wednesday forecast a deeper net loss for its fiscal year ended March 31 citing restructuring costs and an additional securities valuation loss, and said it would cut 1,500 temporary jobs.

via Sharp to Cut 1,500 Jobs, Sees Deeper Loss –


sharp1- Sharp Corp. (TYO:6753) have forecast a much deeper loss for its fiscal year than they first thought for the year ended March 31. The electronics giant were citing restructuring costs as well as an additional securities valuation loss, Sharp also announced that they will be cutting 1,500 temporary jobs.

via Sharp Job Cuts: 1500 Going : Product Reviews Net.


- VIENNA, April 8 (Reuters) – Austrian fireproof materials maker RHI (RHIV.VI) said on Wednesday it would cut 1,000 jobs worldwide in 2009, as part of a cost-cutting programme to save around 80


whirlpool1- Whirlpool Corp (WHR.N) said on Tuesday it would close its washing machine manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China, eliminating 600 jobs, as the appliance maker consolidates its Chinese operations.


- Electrical firm Comet has announced 39 redundancies at its Hull business centre.

via 39 redundancies at Comet Business Centre in Hull | This is Hull.


- More than 100 jobs face the axe at the NEC Group following a dramatic slump in revenue from exhibitions as the economic downturn bites.

The West Midland group, which runs the NEC, ICC, LG Arena and NIA, confirmed the job cutbacks and warned the short-term outlook for the exhibitions and conference market was “poor.”

via Birmingham Mail – News – Birmingham News - 100 jobs to go as NEC group hit by slump in exhibitions.


The Bank of Bermuda is cutting 14 jobs as it strives to trim expenses.

via The Royal Gazette.


- More than 160 staff at manufacturing giant Perkins Engines, in Eastern Industry, have been told they are at risk of compulsory redundancy as the firm seeks to make cost savings.

via 160 laid-off Perkins staff are escorted out – Peterborough Today .


- The State Government’s railway arm has sent memos to each station across the network outlining the proposed cuts to staff hours and numbers.


- Hiring News and News You Can Use -



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via Federal Government hiring for thousands of jobs - ABC .

Mike: is also lisied on the links section of this blog.


- It would add 98 jobs to a county which has a 16.9 percent unemployment rate (2,473 people looking for work in February, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission).


Mike: See you on Thursday for the  Jobless Claims  report…………



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Dilbert - Apr 7

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April 7 – Aug. 2008 to Feb. 2009: BLS unemployment numbers revised upward – RBS to cut a further 9,000 jobs – Rio Tinto axes 700 Australian jobs – OH Toyota Boshoku cuts 320

Mike: Except for the weekly retail sales numbers, today is another rather quiet day for economic reports. Today was a busy day for smaller US and Canadian layoff announcements, but a busy day for larger international layoffs. Till Wednesday……
The News of the day follows:
I have mentioned on many occasion that the government reported unemployment figures are not representative of actual unemployment. That certainly seems to be the case with the monthly unemployment figures released by the BLS. Below are a couple of reports from bloggers of excellence that I urge you to read. They point to the fact that the monthly unemployment numbers have been revised upward over the period August 2008 to February 2009 and that the models used by the BLS to calculate unemployment are also misleading. It’s my opinion that the BLS reports the lower figure because that gets the main stream media attention and the result is plastered on the front page of every business section and on the intro pages of many websites and most news broadcasts. The revised number gets little main stream media attention, so the original unemployment figure sticks and is used as the de facto report.
If you want an in-depth look at economic trends with expert commentary, read these blogs regularly. The links to these fine blogs are posted in the links section of this blog:
- BLS reported and revised unemployment monthly figures:

August 2008: Initially 84,000, revised to 175,000

September 2008: Initially 159,000, revised to 321,000

October 2008: Initially 240,000, revised to 380,000

November 2008: Initially 533,000, revised to 597,000

December 2008: Initially 524,000, revised to 681,000

January 2009: Initially 598,000, revised to 655,000

February 2009: Initially 651,000, as released today.

On average, from August through January, the first estimate was too optimistic by 112,000 jobs.

via Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis: Time to Remove the “L” from “BLS”.


- Guest Post: Non-Farm Payrolls Report: Revisio ad Absurdum

via naked capitalism: Guest Post: Non-Farm Payrolls Report: Revisio ad Absurdum.


- The ‘actual’ jobs loss number, before seasonal adjustments are applied, was significantly worse than expected. It was so bad that we had to adjust the lower boundary of the chart by an extra 500,000 jobs lower than the projected chart we showed yesterday. Jobs Number for January Could Be Much Worse than Expected

* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:

- Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News -


- - Bad news for FreeRunner fans: development of the first Open Source smartphone will be discontinued. (English translation via Google) OpenMoko executive director Sean Moss-Pulz said at OpenExpo in Bern (Switzerland) that the number of staffers will be reduced

- General Economic News -


- “Overall sales continued to contract on a year-over-year basis, but showed some modest improvement on a week-over-week basis,” said Michael P. Niemira, ICSC chief economist.
8:55 AM ET
- NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters) – Redbook Research on Tuesday released the following seasonally adjusted weekly data on U.S. chain store sales:

Year-over-year: Week (w/e 4/4/09 vs year ago) 0.4 pct

Year-over-year:Month (March 2009 vs March 2008) -0.8 pct

Month-over-month: (March 2009 vs February 2009) 0.5 pct

via TABLE-US chain store sales up 0.4 pct last week-Redbook | Reuters



- Costco Wholesale Corp.’s profit is down 27 percent year-over-year, but the discount store has not laid anyone off, choosing instead to freeze hiring at its corporate offices. The only workers let go have been holiday seasonal hires.

via Layoffs not an option for some businesses - Yahoo! Finance.


Mike: And vilified they should be. These banker types have absolutely no shame, no remorse, no concept of their destructive behaviors. If banks lended in a controlled and honest manner, this recession wouldn’t have occurred. The taxpayer has not given these fraudulent banks trillions in bailout funds because these institutions were performing responsibly.

“Everybody participated in pumping up this balloon. Now the balloon has deflated,” he said Monday. “Everybody, in reality, has some part of the blame. But it’s much more in the culture to find a villain and vilify the villain.”

via Citigroup chairman: bankers being ‘vilified’ - Yahoo! Finance.



Steve Breen - Apr 7

Steve Breen - Apr 7



- Government Layoff News -


- The Eau Claire School Board cut more than 40 jobs Monday night to save $1.8 million next year. In total the board voted on 10 items that will save the district more than $2 million. That money will help with next year’s projected $4.1 million budget deficit.

via Eau Claire School Board Eliminates 40 Jobs; Makes $2 Million in Cuts / .


- Dauphin County will lay off eight workers at Schaffner Youth Center’s secure shelter as part of a shift toward providing more community-based supervision for troubled youth.

via 8 workers laid off at Schaffner youth site -


- The Washington Post reported today that the Pentagon is looking to slash its huge contracting workforce by as much as 13 percent.

At present, DoD’s contractors comprise 39 percent of its workforce. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’s latest budget proposal moves to replace many of those contractors with up to 39,000 additional federal employees over the next five years, and 13,000 of them immediately. The move would bring the level of DoD contractors down to 26 percent of the Pentagon’s personnel. 

via DoD to cut contractor workforce – General News .


- Almost 50 positions — from teaching to support staff jobs — are being eliminated in Anderson District 1 to deal with budget cuts and the state revenue shortfall.



- US and some Canada Layoff News -


Mike: Some companies prefer to announce layoffs using percentages instead of actual numbers. The obvious problem with that choice is that you need to know how and employees they have before you know how many they let go. I think it’s more an effort by some companies to cloud the facts, since most people won’t take the time to research a companies workforce totals. Another reason may be that announcing a 21% workforce reduction sounds better than announcing a workforce reduction of 500, or some other larger number

- Olympic Steel Inc (ZEUS.O) said it has reduced its workforce by 21 percent from peak 2008 levels and cut salaries due to continued weakness in the economy and the steel market, adding that it will also write down the value of its inventory as of March 31.

via UPDATE 1-Olympic Steel cuts jobs by 21 pct from peak ’08 levels | Deals | Mergers & Acquisitions | Reuters .


toyota-boshoku- The company is a unit of Japan’s Toyota Boshoku Corp. and is based in Erlanger. It says in a news release it will close the plant in July and consolidate production at another plant in Chavez, Mexico.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the Leitchfield plant employs 319 workers.

via Leitchfield, Ky. auto parts plant closing in July —


- A different reality materialized late Sunday, when the company called in dozens of its workers at the Cadillac, Pontiac and GMC dealership at 12969 60th St. N. in Oak Park Heights and told them to clean out their belongings. The dealership was closing.

via Hecker closes second Stillwater dealership; 58 more jobs lost |  Lake Elmo Leader  | Lake Elmo, Minnesota .


- Fireside Bank has decided to cut 77 jobs, including 54 in Pleasanton and 23 in Concord, according to documents filed by the bank with state and regional agencies. The Pleasanton employment reductions occurred March 24 and the Concord downsizing is scheduled for May 24.

Bank of America decided to eliminate 125 jobs in Concord. The cuts occurred in mid-March, a BofA filing with the state shows.

via More bank job losses hit locally – .


cat- Around 200 people were cut from the Mapleton Caterpillar plant Monday.  Employees tell us workers were notified after their shifts. 

via CAT Cuts 200 Mapleton Jobs.


cat1- Layoffs weren’t supposed to begin at that central Illinois plant until April 13, but it cut more than 1,000 jobs two weeks early there. Layoffs at its East Peoria plant will still begin April 13.

via Caterpillar Begins U.S. Layoffs Early; 1,726 Workers In Central Illionois Losing Jobs In April.


- In efforts to reduce expenses during the economic downturn, the Presbyterian Foundation let go of 13 full-time employees late last month and reduced the number of its regional development offices from 16 to 10.

via Recession Forces PC(USA) to Cut Staff, Budget|


- Shoretel (SHOR) disclosed in an 8-K filing with the SEC that it is reducing its workforce by about 9%

via Tech Trader Daily – Barron’s Online : ShoreTel Cuts Staff 9%.


eastman-chemical- Update: KINGSPORT — Some 300 Eastman Chemical Co. employees — including 200 in Kingsport — are being notified this week that they no longer have a job.

via 200 Kingsport employees getting layoff notices from Eastman this week - Kingsport Times-News Online.


- More than 40 percent of Ohio hospitals considering layoffs for later this year are in rural areas, according to additional results of a survey by the hospital industry’s state interest group.


hospital2- MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia University Hospitals is reducing its work force, affecting 77 employees in its Eastern Panhandle division.

via West Virginia: Jobs cut at Panhandle hospitals.


- Headwaters Inc., a diversified materials and services provider for the energy, construction and home improvement industries, said Tuesday it will cut an unspecified number of jobs at its Alabama coal cleaning facilities.

via Headwaters to cut jobs at Alabama facilities –


a-air- April 7 (Bloomberg) — American Airlines, the world’s second-biggest carrier, froze hiring and general pay increases for nonunion workers as it struggles with a drop in revenue and travel demand.

via American Airlines Freezes Pay, Hiring for Nonunion Employees - .


- VERONA — Latitude Corp. of Verona may lay off up to 113 employees in June depending on customer forecasts, the company has announced.



- About 80 workers have been laid off from the Hon facility in Cedartown, according to the Georgia Department of Labor.

via The Fish Wrap - HON in Cedartown lays off 80.


gulfstream- A spokesman for Gulfstream Aerospace, Robert Baugniet, said Monday the furloughs will run through April

via Savannah-based Gulfstream furloughs 170 workers |


riotinto2- Rio Tinto Alcan is shedding up to 140 positions at its Montreal headquarters as the aluminum producer reduces output to match lower prices and global demand.

via Rio Tinto Alcan cutting 140 Montreal jobs.


gavel6- Layoff news seems to come in waves. We learned earlier today through our colleagues at Legal Times and from a post on Above the Law that Hogan & Hartson has cut 93 staff members. Firm chairman Warren Gorrell, Jr., confirmed the move to Legal Times.

via 93 Staffers Out at Hogan & Hartson.


- The Shaw Group is closing its GS Concrete division in Windsor Forks, West Hants, which employs 20 people.

via Concrete plant in Windsor Forks closing this year - Nova Scotia News –


- Says reduction of worldwide workforce by 107 employees or 16% of worldwide

via BRIEF-Baldwin to cut 16 pct of global workforce -


- TORONTO — — Danier Leather Inc., [DL-T]which makes leather and suede clothing and accessories, said it is cutting 78 jobs as part of a move to reduce costs and improve its financial performance.

via Danier Leather to cut 78 jobs.


- Wind tower maker DMI Industries Inc., says it has cut 100 more workers due to declining demand from customers.



- International Layoff News -


rbs1- The Royal Bank of Scotland is to shed a further 9,000 jobs, half of them in the UK.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | RBS to cut a further 9,000 jobs.


rbs3-Royal Bank of Scotland is cutting 4,500 jobs in the UK in a clear-out of its back-office operations.


riotinto1- SYDNEY (AFP) — Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto on Tuesday said it would cut about 700 permanent and contract jobs in response to a slump in commodities prices and demand amid the financial crisis.

via AFP: Rio Tinto axes 700 Australian jobs.


michaelpage- The number of staff employed by the company at the end of March was 4,134 compared with 4,943 at the end of 2008, a 16% reduction. Headcount at the end of March 2009 was 24% lower than a year ago.

via Michael Page cuts staff | News | Recruiter.


arcelormittal- WARSAW (AFP) — Global steel giant ArcelorMittal said Tuesday it was cutting 500 jobs at its Polish plants after reducing production in the face of the global economic crisis.


- Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will cut 280 jobs from its 700-strong Tasmanian workforce by the end of the month, a federal MP says.

via Caterpillar to cut 280 jobs.


- The West Australian mining company Iluka Resources has become the latest victim of the global financial crisis, announcing up to 215 jobs will go at its operations.

via Iluka Resources to cut more than 200 jobs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).


In Guyana more than 100 bauxite workers lost their jobs Monday because of a slump in the market.

via| Courts & Bosai Minerals cut regional jobs – The tough economic times continue to impact the….


One hundred and nineteen steel workers received retrenchment letters from Point Lisas-based steel giant Arcelor Mittal Steel yesterday.

via Trinidad News, Trinidad Newspaper, Trinidad Sports, Trinidad politics,, Trinidad TV, Sports, Business.


- Staff numbers at railway stations across the city’s network will be cut, the NSW Government has confirmed.

via Railway station staff to be cut | .


- Falkirk-based bus firm Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) has said 94 jobs are to go at its Camelon Plant.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Tayside and Central | Coach manufacturer to cut 94 jobs.


- HAPAG-Lloyd is planning to outsource its UK documentation offices to its global service centres in India and China.


- Hiring News and News You Can Use -


- According to the state’s Department of Labor, employers cut 29,300 jobs overall statewide last year, but the health-care sector added 4,100 jobs, to reach a total statewide figure of 240,000.

via 04/06/2009 Even in Recession, Health-Care Jobs Soar Business New Haven.


- A repair facility for Amtrak’s Acela trains is coming to Delaware, and the state is investing in the 24 new jobs it will provide.

via Acela facility will bring 24 jobs to NCCo | delawareonline | The News Journal.


- Tesco is creating over 800 jobs at its first purpose-built distribution centre in Middlesbrough.

via BBC NEWS | Business | Tesco creates 800 Teesside jobs.


- Aetna Inc (AET.N) said on Tuesday it plans to add 245 jobs in Ohio as the health insurer prepares to expand its membership by more than 1 million this year.

via UPDATE 1-Aetna adding 245 Ohio jobs for new business | Industries | Healthcare | Reuters .


- The Texas Roadhouse restaurant in Little Rock may be able to help.

They plan to hire 170 employees for their Shackleford Road location. The restaurant opens in May.

via Developing News: 170 Jobs Coming To Little Rock - | KTHV | Little Rock, AR .


- Jeff Mango, president of Verizon’s Georgia/Alabama region, says the move brings 600 news jobs and $27 million in investment to the area:

via GPB News: Verizon Creates Additional 600 Georgia Jobs.


- A recycled cardboard manufacturer plans to invest more than $16 million and create 61 jobs at a new plant in North Carolina.

via Recycled packaging company will bring 61 jobs to Western N.C..


- First Niagara Financial Group Inc., said today it has signed an agreement to acquire $4.2 billion of deposits and 57 Western Pennsylvania bank branches from National City Bank, a subsidiary of The PNC Financial Services Group.


Mike: Have a good evening………………..


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Dilbert - Apr 6

Dilbert - Apr 6




April 6 – Motorola starts 2800 job cuts – Korean Ssangyong Motor to cut up to 2900 – Navistar’s last 345 laid off in Chatham – Ecco gives 1150 workers the boot – Mopani copper mine Zambia to lay off 1,500 – US job market weakens further in March – Sallie Mae to add 2,000 jobs to US

Mike: I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend. Sorry about the crunching style of the post, but Google Chrome keeps working poorly of late and Firefox seems to eliminate line spacing. One of these days a browser will work as expected.
As it turns out the day was relatively light for layoff announcements. It seems as if Mondays are about the quietest day for layoff announcements.  I keep hearing some pundits talk of the bottom being near for job losses, but the proof will be in the numbers.  My take is that the numbers will continue to deteriorate throughout the year with a leveling off when stimulus jobs get included. The fact remains that the country needs to create around 120,000 jobs a month just to break even, so a loss of 669,000 jobs last month means that nearly 790,000 were not available to fill or were lost. It will take more than road work and tax breaks to fill that void, but every job helps at this juncture. My view may be a little jaded after writing this blog for the past few months and seeing the facts twisted by government and the media.  Till Tuesday………….

Mike: I mentioned in Friday’s post that the continuing jobless claims number, which is now at a record, will start to shrink once people exhaust their extended benefits. The media will announce that the continuing claims number is declining, so the economy must be improving. Sadly, the media will miss the point that the continuing claims number is declining due to more people losing benefits, not because people are getting new jobs.

- Congress extended unemployment aid twice last year, allowing people to draw a total of up to 59 weeks of benefits. Now, as the recession drags on, a rolling wave of people who were laid off early last year will lose them.

Precise figures are hard to determine, but Wayne Vroman, an economist at the Urban Institute, estimates that up to 700,000 people could exhaust their extended benefits by the second half of this year.

via Extended Jobless Benefits No Match for Recession - Presidential Politics | Political News – .

Dwane Powell - Apr 6

Dwane Powell - Apr 6

* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:


- Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News -

ibm3- IBM Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. were going over final details of a deal that would have seen IBM pay about $7 billion to acquire Sun. But IBM pulled the offer this weekend and Sun terminated IBM’s status as its exclusive negotiating partner. That has thrown the acquisition talks into doubt.

- General Economic News -

- “While we see a continued sharp fall in the ETI, the decline was not as strong as in the previous four months, suggesting that the most intense stage of job losses may be behind us,” said Gad Levanon, senior economist at the Conference Board.

“However, the drops in each of the eight components of the ETI in March signal that many more jobs will disappear over the next several months.”

via REFILE-US job market weakens further in March -Conf Board | Reuters .

- Mike: The below story is good news in the jobs front, but you would think that a company that receives billions in goodies from the taxpayer and has received preferential treatment for collections and interest rate regulations from Congress, would have had its jobs in its home country all along.  A few things to consider about Sallie Mae practices: once you consolidate your loans through them, you are NOT allowed to ever get a better interest rate or even choose another lender. If you consolidate at 10%, you CANNOT refinance if interest rates fall to 1%. If you are late with payments, Sallie Mae can garnish your wages, withhold Social Security or disability payments – military veterans included – and institute damaging late fees and other charges. You become an indentured servant to Sallie Mae, and this is all the courtesy of Congress and the special rules it gave to Sallie Mae. To see the extent of this damage firsthand, visit:

- RESTON, Va. (AP) — Sallie Mae said Monday that it will bring 2,000 jobs to the U.S. within the next 18 months as it shifts call center and other operations from overseas.

- Announcing the layoffs in early February, company officials said it was a temporary move prompted by world economic woes and falling demand for oilfield pipe. They won’t say how many people they’ve sent home or how long they might be out of work.

As of early April, union officials said, more than 786 of their 894 members had been laid off. The fraction of the plant’s 1,200 employees still working, union officials said, is largely maintenance and warehouse crews.

via Idled U.S. Steel plant has put northeast Texans in painful limbo | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Texas Regional News .

Mike: Wow, the brave and suddenly ethically minded FL legislature is “proposing” to change law and collect money from corporations that use tax loopholes, instead of just raises taxes on its citizens. Now that’s a change of pace. If tax loopholes exist for individual taxpayers, those would be closed immediately, but when corporations abuse the tax system, it takes years for legislators to close those loopholes. But then again, legislators of all stripes get most of their campaign financing from corporations, lobbyists and PACs, so they aren’t likely to bite the hand that feeds them, until now.

-TALLAHASSEE — Toys R Us could be forced to stop shielding its Florida income from taxes. American Airlines could pay taxes based on the number of flights that land in Florida. And Bank of America’s international banking division could lose a big tax break.

Those are just some of the effects of a sweeping Senate plan to close loopholes and update Florida’s corporate income tax code to bring in more money to fill the state’s $3 billion budget hole.

via Florida Senate proposes closing corporate tax loopholes - Legislature –

Jim Morin - Apr 6

Jim Morin - Apr 6

-Technology companies, grappling with a deepening recession, cut 84,217 jobs in the first three months of the year, a 27 percent increase from the fourth quarter of 2008 and the most since 2002.

via Challenger: Job cuts at tech firms jump 27% - Baltimore Business Journal:.


- Government Layoff News -

Mike: Many municipal and government layoff “alerts” show the possible extent layoffs, but those numbers are usually reduced to much lower numbers since these same locales either receive additional resources for the state/fed, or they simply decided to shame the taxpayer into paying more taxes. And then there is attrition and other employee concessions that shrink the intial “alert” layoff proposal to one that is much smaller in number.

When schools, in particular, threaten job cuts, the public usually approves additional taxes no matter the bloated nature  of the school budget.  The threat of losing teachers is enough for people to vote for more taxes even if they can’t afford that additional outlay, yet school boards aren’t likely to threaten the loss of administration positions because the public wouldn’t be as concerned, so school boards have to use the teacher layoff hammer. The school industrial complex has the resources to advertise thier demands and the knowledge to manipulate the taxpayer into paying more for less. I see that tactic used in NY where school taxes eat up a big check of property taxes (I paid $1700 in school taxes a year on a $120,00 home) and those yearly tax increases have not improved graduation rates, but it has improved the salary and retirement packages of administrators.

- More than 600 employees were notified Friday that they are part of a massive layoff in the Tucson Unified School District.

Of the district’s 3,800 certified employees, including teachers, librarians and counselors, 560 received notice that they’ll be getting their pink slips if the Governing Board approves the list Tuesday.

via 600-plus get layoff alerts from TUSD | ®.

- School Committee Chairman Carl Engel said Saturday that the Finance Committee’s support of an additional $98,000 for the schools and Town Meeting’s subsequent approval will prevent labor cuts in the district.

via Update: Approved Rockport budget seen avoiding school job cuts -, Gloucester, MA.

- On Tuesday, the County Board of Supervisors voted to cut the number of county personnel by at least 120 jobs, mainly within the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office and the Health Services Department.

via County lays off 120 | The Martinez News-Gazette.

- As the city tries to lower costs, ten battalion chiefs and captains from the Hoboken Fire Department were handed pink slips Friday, telling them they will lose their jobs by the middle of next month, reports The Jersey Journal.

via 10 Hoboken fire fighters to lose their jobs – Hoboken Now –

- Of the 22 positions, 17 will be cut through attrition, resignations, job sharing and leaves of absences. Officials notified five teachers Friday they would not have jobs next school year.

via Mason to cut 22 teaching positions | Cincinnati Enquirer | Cincinnati.Com.

- US and some Canada Layoff News -

motorolaMobile communications equipment maker Motorola Inc. (MOT: News ), Monday revealed certain cost-reduction initiatives including 2,800 job cuts. In a regulatory filing, the company disclosed that it expects to incur about $110 million in the first quarter from these actions.

via RTTNews – Latest Earnings,Upcoming Earnings, Pos Pre Announcements, Pos Pre Announcements , Positive Surprises, Negative Surprises, Hot Stocks, Stock Split Calendar, Stock Buybacks, Dividends, Negative, Positive PreAnnouncements,Surprises …..

navistar- CHATHAM, Ont. — Layoff notices have been issued to the remaining 345 employees at the Navistar truck plant in Chatham, Ontario.

The layoffs are due to take effect June 27th — three days before the workers’ current contract expires.

via CTV Toronto - Navistar to lay off final 345 employees in Chatham - CTV News, Shows and Sports — Canadian Television.

international-paper2- CEDARBURG, Wis. — International Paper is closing its plant in Cedarburg, the company announced Friday. One hundred fourteen jobs will be lost.

via International Paper Closing Plant In Cedarburg - Money News Story – WISN Milwaukee.

international-paper3When the plant closes in early June, 92 workers will be let go, documents filed with the state’s dislocated worker unit show.

via Chesapeake plant closing costs 92 jobs | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

llbeanL.L.Bean will furlough all but 50 of its 200 workers at a Bangor call center next month under what the company calls an “extended lack of work program.”

“They will remain active employees with seniority and all benefits,” L.L. Bean spokeswoman Carolyn Beem told the Bangor Daily News Friday. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to reassess in the summer and bring them all back.”

via Mainebiz.

- Continental Automotive Systems expects to close its Elma plant by the end of 2009, but as operations wind down, the company has placed the facility on the market.

via Continental closing Elma plant - Business First of Buffalo:.

- WestPoint Home said yesterday that it will close its Elkin plant in June and cut 134 jobs.

via Elkin to lose 134 jobs: WestPoint to close plant in June, move offshore.

- GREENE – After three months in the state’s Shared Work program, The Raymond Corp. said Friday it has laid off about 10 percent of its North American work force because of a continued decline in the lift truck market.

via Raymond Corp. layoffs affect upstate workers | | Press & Sun-Bulletin.

- Officials say 16 information technology workers in Des Moines are included in the company’s decision to cut 480 jobs across the country.

via Nationwide Mutual job cuts reach Iowa –

- Ritz Camera Centers Inc., the bankrupt parent company of Wolf Camera, will close 300 stores nationwide – three in the Raleigh-Durham area – and will sell all of those locations’ merchandise in liquidation sales that started Saturday.

via Ritz to close three Triangle Wolf Camera stores – Triangle Business Journal: .

- Spokesman Chris Olsen says 56 of the plant’s 90 employees have been laid off. Twenty of the remaining workers will be retained to preserve the plant’s equipment and prepare the plant for a possible restart.

via Fort Dodge ethanol plant lays off 56 –

isilon- Citing a “significant reduction” in information technology spending in the first quarter, Isilon Systems Inc. said it will cut 10 percent of its work force, or more than 30 people.

via Isilon Systems cutting 10 percent of workers - Puget Sound Business Journal (Seattle): ..

newspaper4- DALLAS (AP) — The parent company of The Dallas Morning News said it will begin companywide layoffs Monday.

via The Associated Press: Dallas Morning News layoffs begin Monday.

- Momentive Performance Materials Inc. said it intends to cut 80 hourly and salaried workers at its 130-employee Willoughby quartz tubing, fiber-optics and lamp materials plant.

via Momentive to cut 80 jobs in Willoughby, taking work to Newark, Ohio, and to China – Business –

- WEST KINGSTON – APC by Schneider Electric laid off 30 more Rhode Island employees last week as the French-owned company undertook its third round of local job cuts since December.

via APC lays off 30 as job cuts continue - – Providence Business News.

- Lake Mary-based Faro Technologies Inc. has shed more than 100 jobs across the company in its second work force reduction in less than two months, officials said Monday.

via High-tech company cites recession, business falloff --

manitowoc- The Manitowoc Co. Inc. said Monday that its cranes division has laid off 159 employees from its facilities in Manitowoc and Port Washington.

via Manitowoc Co. cuts 159 jobs in Manitowoc, Port Washington - The Business Journal of Milwaukee:.


Alston & Bird laid off 14 associates and 38 staff Friday. The firm also has pushed back the start date for its fall associate class from September to January and reduced its summer program from 12 weeks to nine.

via Daily Report – Lite Registration.

xstrata1TORONTO — Xstrata will shut down its Kidd Creek copper smelter in northern Ontario for eight weeks because of falling demand for sulphuric acid, a byproduct of the smelting process.

Xstrata Nickel has 175 employees at the smelter but says it is trying to minimize the number of layoffs by assigning them to other jobs within the facility or by encouraging them to take vacation time

via The Canadian Press: Xstrata to shut down Kidd Creek, Ont., smelter for eight weeks.

- Betts USA is closing its Florence site by June 30, eliminating 114 jobs.

via Betts USA closing Florence plant in June - Business Courier of Cincinnati:.

- Adams USA, a sports equipment manufacturer based out of Cookeville, has announced it will be closing its plant operation by the Memorial Day weekend. Some of the 32 employees may be able to transfer to the Cookeville plant, according to general manager David Wright, and those that are laid off will be eligible for unemployment benefits.

via Herald-Citizen Online Edition – Cookeville, TN.

- Today, the company’s 275 employees, many of whom have more than 20 years of service to the company, will produce the last pottery stamped with the Syracuse China name and actually made in Syracuse.

via Syracuse China plant clatters to a close today.

ecoquestEcoQuest International, which manufactures air and water purification systems, is closing its Greeneville plant and laying off 192 workers, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development said Monday.

via EcoQuest closing, assets bought by Dallas firm : Business : Knoxville News Sentinel.

- In March, more than 20 companies alerted the state in March that they plan plant closure or “mass” layoffs, putting nearly 2,500 workers out of work, state records show.

The 22 companies cutting jobs include: Android Industries LLC, a Belvidere maker of engine parts, 273 jobs starting May 22; Mettawa-based financial services provider HSBC, 214 jobs starting May 9; soybean processor ACH Food Cos., 246 workers in Champaign starting May 27.

via Layoff warnings: Illinois companies warn of layoffs in March –

newspaper5The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel laid off 26 full time and five part-time employees Monday to reduce expenses.

via Journal Sentinel lays off 31 workers – The Business Journal of Milwaukee:.

- TULSA, OK — The company that sells Caterpillar construction equipment in Oklahoma and parts of Texas has laid off more than 80 employees.

via – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – | Layoffs Hit Tulsa’s Warren Cat Dealership.

- International Layoff News -

ssangyong- Ssangyong will notify its unionised workers that it will fire 2,800-2,900 employees out of a total 7,200, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported in its early Tuesday edition without citing sources.

via Ssangyong Motor to cut 40 pct of workforce -paper | Industries | Consumer Goods & Retail | Reuters.

- Despite a healthy annual report last year posting 527 million kroner in profit after tax, Michael Ohrt Fernel, head of communications at Ecco, said that the company would have to let 1150 employees go because of the ‘general financial downturn and falling shoe sales’.

via Ecco gives workers the boot.

- Zambia’s second leading copper and cobalt producer Mopani Copper Mines has notified miners’ unions that it intends to declare 1,500 workers redundant this month, a union official said Monday.

e2v technologies : In addition, the company said it would cut jobs in both UK and France and is seeking a buyer for its Lincoln-based microwave microelectronics business unit.

gavel4- LEADING IRISH law firm William Fry has made 17 staff redundant and introduced pay cuts of up to 10 per cent in response to the economic downturn.

via American Chronicle | Leading Law Firm Makes 17 Redundant .

- April 6 (Bloomberg) — Australian advertisements for job vacancies tumbled in March for an 11th month as employers scrapped hiring plans amid signs the economy has fallen into its first recession since 1991.

via Australian Job Advertisements Fall Record 44% on Year (Update1) – .

-  Romanian Air Traffic Administration, Romatsa will reduce headcount from 1,800 to 1,600 by year end, said the managing director of Romatsa Bogdan Donciu at the regional reunion on aviation security.

via Romatsa to slash 200 jobs by year end.

- CHANGES to the Federal Government’s Job Network have cost 17 Wimmera people their jobs.

via New job network costs 17 positions - Local News – News – General – Wimmera Mail Times .

- Jacada Ltd. (JCDA: News ) announced various cost cutting measures including a 7% reduction in headcount worldwide, as well as salary reductions, to reduce expenses to align company operations with revenue expectations for 2009.

via RTTNews – Latest Earnings,Upcoming Earnings,  …..

- Hiring News and News You Can Use -

- High street hardware chain Robert Dyas has agreed a last-ditch management buyout with its lenders which will save the business and 1,250 jobs.

via High Street Hardware Retailer Robert Dyas Management Buyout Rescue Plan Agreed With Banks Saves Jobs | Business | Sky News.

- Despite the tough economic conditions that face U.S. workers, Sprint (NYSE:S) today announced that it is looking for a few good men and women on an ongoing basis to fill customer service and sales positions at its Hampton Contact Center this year.

via S Sprint ‘Now Hiring’ at Hampton Contact Center.

- Raley’s is filling 130 jobs at its new supermarket in Petaluma. AccentCare is looking for caregivers and certified nursing assistants. And Lifetouch is hiring people to take school photos in Sonoma County.

- Herndon, VA (PRWEB) April 6, 2009 — announced today that it has concluded testing and launched the latest and completely redesigned version of its IT job board website.’s new website contains a cleaner facade which showcases its newly developed functionality for job seekers and employers.

via New Job Website Helps IT Professionals Find Jobs.

- TORONTO – (April 6) – Ontario’s first diamond cutting and polishing facility will be located in Greater Sudbury and will create about 50 new jobs in the community

- RESTON, Va. (AP) — Sallie Mae said Monday that it will bring 2,000 jobs to the U.S. within the next 18 months as it shifts call center and other operations from overseas.

via Sallie Mae to add 2,000 jobs to US in 18 months - Yahoo! Finance.

Mike: As it turns out the day was relatively light for layoff announcements. It seems as if Monday’s are about the quietest day for layoff announcements.  Till Tuesday…………..

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