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April 10, 11, 12 – Johnson and Johnson cutting 900 – Beneteau confirms 600 job cuts – Viking Yacht sinks jobs of 600 – UKs BT to slash another 10,000

Mike: Thanks for visiting The Layoff List on this Easter weekend. The post will be rather short, since there is little in the way of layoff news and economic reports this day

Let me start with some news from Thursday (revised for clarity from an earlier post):

Yesterday brought some slight improvement to the Jobless Claims number and along with a better than expected earnings number from Wells Fargo, the pundits were again trumpeting that the worst is over. A slight improvement in the Jobless Claims  report is good news, but  I’ll wait for a little more proof before singing “happy days are here again.” Here is my point,  so I don’t sound like a doomsayer:

Banks are trumpeting the fact that home refinancing and new home mortgages are booming due to lower interest rates. With banks getting federal money at 0% interest, they can offer decent mortgage interest rates to the consumer, which is good, especially for refinancing. Paying less for a mortgage puts more money in your pocket for other needs and wants. But buying a new home at these lower rates may not be the great deal it appears to be on the face of it. First I’ll post the good news:


Adding to the optimism, Bank of America Corp., written off as a “zombie bank” not so long ago, said it, too, will have good news to report. CEO Kenneth Lewis said his bank’s mortgage business, especially including new home purchases, “is on fire.” Wells Fargo said much the same thing, only more soberly. One-quarter of its new mortgages, according to its statement, were from home purchases rather than refinancings.

“This is certainly encouraging for the industry,” says Joe Morford, a bank analyst with RBC Capital Markets in San Francisco.

via Finally, economic optimism, thanks to Wells.


Ok, so that’s good news, but if you listen to Meredith Whitney you may gather that buying a new home now will cost you later. Ms. Whitney has been one of the few pundits that have accurately called the financial crises to this point, so I’ll continue to follow her advice until she’s proved wrong:

She also said she expected home prices to fall another 30 percent, contrary to some predictions that housing may have bottomed.

“Home prices cannot bottom while liquidity is still contracting from the economy,” she said. She did say that large banks should benefit from low mortgage rates and refinancing.

via Whitney: Banks Profits To Be Better In First Quarter – Markets * US * News * Story –

The following video present Ms. Whitney’s view on a number of important financial matters, including housing. A housing rebound won’t be possible without a jobs rebound:

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So although the worst may be over for the banks and mortgage rates are attractive, the economy is not currently creating the jobs necessary to sustain a full and vibrant recovery. Once this blog’s title changes to The Hiring List, I’ll feel comfortable saying the worst is behind us 🙂


Steve Breen - Apr 10

Steve Breen - Apr 10



* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:

Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News


– It’s not like we didn’t see this one coming: Microsoft and Google are apparently chomping at the bit in an attempt to make a search-advertising deal with Twitter, AllThingsD reported Thursday.

“Many think Twitter’s real-time search of its 140-character ‘tweets’ posted by users on the service will become the next great battlefield in search,” AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher wrote. Indeed, Twitter’s search has been front and center since it acquired third-party search app Summize and integrated it into its own site. “Google currently dominates the general search market, with third-place Microsoft struggling to get more share.”

via Report: Microsoft, Google sparring over Twitter? | The Social – CNET News.


– This year, the unpalatable economy has piled Kwoka’s plate with more cancellations than customers. Four large corporations that in past years hired Kwoka to prepare private meals have backed out, leaving him with a single company to cook for, not enough to justify hiring the usual 30 extra workers. Kwoka estimates the cancellations cost him more than $70,000, and the temporary staff are missing out on big money, too.


General Economic News


– Chicago – U.S. technology firms announced plans to cut 84,217 positions during the first quarter, the largest quarterly job-cut tally for the sector since 2002, according to a new report from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Tech sector job cuts were nearly five times higher than the 17,345 cuts announced during the same period a year ago.

via U.S. Tech Firms Announce Most Quarterly Job Cuts Since ’02 | Digital Media Wire.


– Manchester, NH (AHN) – A statewide job fair in a New Hampshire university was cut short Thursday after 10,000 job seekers overwhelmed organizers and traffic backed up for miles from the school’s jam-packed parking lot.


– SALT LAKE CITY — The 4th Street Clinic says it’s being forced to cut health care programs for the homeless in the Salt Lake Valley. Now those who run the clinic are scrambling to catch patients before they fall through the cracks.

The reason for the cuts is not a surprise: fewer donations due to the bad economy. What is surprising is how many people benefited from the programs.

via – Fewer donations forces cutbacks at clinic for homeless .


– More Americans 55 and older are working longer, and those who are looking for jobs face a technologically transformed market where potential employers may deem them overqualified.

Mike: If the government is looking to create high tech jobs, here’s the perfect reason to do so quickly:

– SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Cyber-spies hacked into the U.S. electric grid and left behind computer programs that would let them disrupt service, exposing potentially catastrophic vulnerabilities in the national infrastructure, a former U.S. government official said Wednesday.

via Spies infiltrate U.S. electrical grid, leaving behind fear.


– More than $56 million in annual payroll income – directly supporting the Southern Tier’s housing market, tax base and businesses – could vanish on the shifting political winds of Washington.


Government Layoff News


Mike: I’m continually astonished by the number of schools that now require a police presence in order to conduct daily activities peacefully and securely. Another fine example of how the inmates are running the asylum.

– For hours, board members questioned the wisdom of spending millions of dollars on his initiatives, including a school police force, while cutting 340 employees, more than 200 of them custodial workers.

In the end, the board approved by a 7-2 vote the $875 million budget Cash recommended, including $20 million in new or continuing programs, leaving Cash with the impression that while he won this battle, there are others ahead.

via Memphis school board OK’s $875 million budget that cuts 340 jobs : Local News : Memphis Commercial Appeal.


– The Marana Unified School District governing board voted Thursday to cut 133 teaching, administrative and support positions in response to anticipated funding cuts.

via 133 slated to lose jobs as Marana district cuts back | ®.


– PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) – The city of Paducah announces it’s laying off 14 people.

via The Official KFVS12 and Heartland News Web Site | City of Paducah announces 14 layoffs.


– Like we first reported, the City of Hoboken is carrying through with their planned layoffs of just under ten percent of the city’s municipal workforce, including cuts which will lay off police officers and City Hall workers.

A total of 21 layoffs and 20 demotions are scheduled to occur in the next few months, said Hoboken Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman today.

via “Significant” layoffs for Hoboken police, fire and city workers – Hoboken Now – .


US and some Canada Layoff News


johnson-and-johnson– NEW YORK (AP) — Diversified health care products company Johnson & Johnson said Thursday it will cut about 900 jobs, mainly from its Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit.

The cuts include a mix of attrition and hiring freezes. They are part of the company’s strategy to trim its U.S. sales force and refocus its approach in the market, according to Kara Russell, spokeswoman for the Ortho-McNeil-Janssen Pharmaceuticals unit.

via The Associated Press: J&J cutting about 900 jobs from pharma unit.


boe– EVERETT — The Boeing Co. will reduce its production rates for its 777 jet in 2010, making more layoffs likely, the company said Thursday.

Due to dwindling demand, the aerospace giant said it will reduce its monthly deliveries of the 777 to five from seven in June 2010. The company also will delay a plan to increase production on its 747-8 and 767. No change is being made to 737 production rates in Renton.

via HeraldNet: Boeing to cut 777 jet production rates in 2010; more layoffs likely.


– The C-17, including manufacturing and support workers, accounts for about 1,000 of the 3,200 jobs at Vought’s main west Dallas plant on Jefferson Street. Vought produces the tail section, the nacelles that enclose the four huge jet engines and other components at that facility.

via DFW could lose 1,000 Vought Aircraft jobs if C-17 program cut | Business |


viking-yachts– One of southern New Jersey’s largest employers says it has finished its final round of layoffs and furloughs.

Viking Yacht Co. has cut 560 jobs from its work force of nearly 1,400 employees.

via Viking Yacht cuts nearly 600 jobs –


ge-healthcare– MILWAUKEE – GE Healthcare plans to layoff 179 employees at its GE Healthcare Monitoring Solutions plant in Milwaukee.

via GE Healthcare to layoff 179 in Milwaukee —


– Greenheck Fan Corporation will lay off 46 office workers. Most of those employees work at the Schofield location.

via WAOW – Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather & Sports – -Greenheck announces layoffs.


– Another business falls victim to the tough economy…Fairmont based Nortech Aerospace Systems confirms roughly 60 employees were laid off this week.

via 60 Jobs Cut At Fairmont Aerospace Company |


– Railpower, which remains under the protection of the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada), said it is reducing its workforce to 39 employees from 78 as its ability to continue as a going concern is uncertain.

via UPDATE 1-Railpower says may have to liquidate; to cut jobs | Markets | Markets News | Reuters .


– MADISON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Massey Energy Company is hoping that pay and benefit reductions, along with some reductions in its workforce will help the company’s overall outlook.

via Massey Energy Announces Job, Pay and Benefit Reductions.


– USAA will move 75 employees between June and September to its Colorado Springs regional office from call centers it is closing in California and Virginia, the San Antonio-based financial-services giant said Thursday.

via USAA moving jobs to Springs office | usaa, office, springs – Top Stories – Colorado Springs Gazette, CO.


– CB&I on Thursday laid off 80 employees, most of whom are welders and others involved in construction for industrial projects at the company’s Island Park manufacturing area in Beaumont.

via CB&I lays off 80 in Beaumont | Business | – Houston Chronicle.


– Jeff Howard, publications manager with the Edmonton-based heavy equipment dealer, confirmed on Thursday that 23 employees at Finning’s Centre of Excellence in Red Deer lost their jobs this week.

via Red Deer Advocate – New round of layoffs hits Finning.


– The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington announced Thursday that it had eliminated 14 positions at the museum and its College of Art + Design, and a total of 18 jobs over all this month.

via Arts, Briefly – Job Cuts at the Corcoran –


national-semiconductor– National Semiconductor, a global company, shut down its South Portland plant Friday and plans to stay dark for two weeks.

The manufacturer, which employs 450 in South Portland, will be closed from April 10-26. Workers can take paid vacation or unpaid time off.

via Portland Top News Examiner: Microchip maker closes for two weeks.


– Of its 160 full- and part-time employees, the society eliminated 18 positions through layoffs and attrition.

via Arts, Briefly – Asia Society Makes Staff Cuts –


– A combination of personnel expense cuts that will include layoffs and furlough of staff in an effort to reduce the institution’s operating expenses.


International Layoff News


bt– Telecoms giant BT is preparing to cut another 10,000 jobs and slash its dividend when it announces preliminary results next month.

via BT to cut dividend and another 10,000 jobs – Telegraph.


bt1– BT is preparing to axe another 10,000 jobs. The huge redundancy programme will be announced next month alongside a horrendous set of year-end figures that will include provisions of about £1.5 billion.

via BT to slash another 10,000 jobs – Times Online .


ubs– ZURICH (Reuters) – Swiss bank UBS will announce more job cuts soon, with staff in Switzerland and departments like marketing to be hit hard, newspapers reported on Sunday. Citing several unnamed sources, the Sonntagszeitung newspaper said managers had already started telling their staff about job losses, with departments like marketing and support functions hardest hit.


beneteau1– The world’s leading sailboat builder, French-owned Beneteau, plans to cut nearly 600 jobs to stay afloat during the economic crisis.

via Top sailboat builder to cut 600 jobs.


– According to the statement, these divisions employed about 1400 workers.

“Consultations with the trade union SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) on behalf of the respective bargaining units, and individual employees who are not represented by the respective bargaining units, have begun,” Seardel said. The SA textile industry had been under “tremendous pressure for a number of years”.

via Daily Dispatch Online .


– Rail freight firm PKP Cargo’s management board is drafting a voluntary redundancy program that could encompass as many as 4,000-5,000 employees. The estimated cost of the project is zł.220-250 million.


– ADELAIDE southern suburbs components company Visiocorp will cut staff after forecasting a 50 per cent drop in sales.

via AdelaideNow… Another car parts maker to cut jobs.


– MWV cuts 106 jobs at Sidney plant | | Press & Sun-Bulletin.


– FLIGHT Centre managing director Graham Turner says more staff will go at the travel agency, despite predicting the worst of the economic slowdown has passed.

Australia’s largest travel agency has forecast annual profit to fall by more than two-thirds because of a slump in air travel.

via 1000 jobs gone at Flight Centre | The Australian.


Hiring News and News You Can Use


– Virgin Mobile USA today announced drastic cuts to its prepaid monthly calling plans, introduced an SMS-only plan, and announced that it will cover the phone costs for its jobless

via Virgin Mobile Cuts Costs, Offers a Bailout – PC World.


– The Detroit News reported Friday that the company is planning to hire 250 workers in its wind turbine assembly plant opening later this year in Novi, Michigan.


Mike: I’ll try to post some additional breaking news throughout the weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend.



Jeff Stahler - Apr 10

Jeff Stahler - Apr 10





April 9 – Jobless claims fall to 654,000 – Continuing jobless claims at record 5.84 million – Lloyds to cut 25,000? – LyondellBasell chops 3000 jobs – Country Coach lays off 460 – 3M offers 3,600 early retirement

Mike: Today’s Jobless Claims number came in at 654,000, which was still in recession territory, but an improvement nonetheless. According to The Associated Press: New jobless claims fall more than expected to a seasonally adjusted 654,000, down from a revised 674,000 the previous week. Analysts expected claims to drop to 660,000. A stabilizing job picture would give companies some confidence to do some hiring in expectation of the recessions end, which would be good news for many currently searching for work.

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits dipped a seasonally adjusted 20,000 to 654,000 in the week ended April 4, reaching a level that is 83% higher than the same period in the prior year, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The four-week average of these initial claims fell 750 to 657,250. For the week ended March 28, the number of people collecting state unemployment benefits reached yet another new record, gaining 95,000 to 5.84 million – double the level in the prior year.

via Initial jobless claims dip; continuing claims hit new record – MarketWatch .


– There were 20,000 fewer new claims for unemployment insurance last week than the week before.

That was a tiny bit of good news, but here’s the perspective: For the seventh straight week, new jobless claims exceeded 640,000, and they’ve been above 600,000 for 10 weeks.

via New jobless claims fall slightly | Dollars & Sense.


Mike: And you can take your pick from the following expert opinions about future economic conditions. My input is that unless millions of jobs are created, the so called recovery will be more like a stalled recession. The consumer is cutting back on discretionary spending; businesses are cutting back on employee hiring, benefits, and salaries; while the federal government is the only entity spending more than they were last year. I’m certainly no expert, but the experts noted below can’t even agree as to when this recession will end.


Mike: Rewarding ineptitude, corruption, and poor company performance doesn’t seem to mean less outrageous compensation for the executives who run those failing firms:


outback– Outback Steakhouse’s parent company lost more than $700 million last year but it still handed out $2.7 million in performance bonuses to its five senior executives.

In fact, executives with OSI Restaurant Partners had two chances to earn bonuses last year, one tied to the company’s profits and the other to OSI’s efforts to save money.

And this year, senior executives will be eligible for yet another bonus – one designed to keep them from jumping ship.

via Outback lost millions, but executives still getting bonuses | WSLS 10.



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Michael Ramirez - Apr 9

Michael Ramirez - Apr 9




Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News


Mike: Federalcontracts awarded to Microsoft totaled $75,584,076 in 2008 and  $27,371,140 so far in 2009.

msft1– Despite having recently announced that it would eliminate up to 5,000 jobs across the board, Microsoft has signed a $170 million, five-year contract with India’s HCL for outsourcing work for its online services, says TechFlash.


ibm4– TORONTO, April 9 (Reuters) – IBM (IBM.N) has signed a seven-year deal with Sun Life Financial (SLF.TO) (SLF.N) to manage the insurance giant’s information technology operations in Canada and the United States.

General Economic News

Jobless Claims
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– April 9 (Bloomberg) — The number of Americans filing first- time claims for unemployment insurance exceeded 600,000 for a 10th straight week and the total collecting benefits increased to a record, signs the labor market remains weak.

First-time jobless claims fell by 20,000 to 654,000 in the week ended April 4, from a revised 674,000 a week earlier that was the highest since 1982, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The number of people staying on benefit rolls rose to a record 5.84 million in the prior week.

via U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Fell by 20,000 Last Week to 654,000 – .


– NEW YORK (AP) — Consumers continued to shop cautiously in March amid high unemployment and continued home foreclosures, but there were some glimmers of stabilization in retailer’s sales reports on Thursday.
– WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Prices of imported goods rose 0.5% in March, matching analysts’ expectations, as petroleum prices rose, the Labor Department estimated Thursday. Import prices are down 14.9% in the past year, the largest year-over-year decline since data was first published in September 1982.
Mike: This is going to be one of the downsides of a recovery, but if more people are working they may be able to afford additional outlays for petro. But once a recovery becomes a reality in a couple years, $52 a barrel will be considered cheap. If you are tempted to buy a gas guzzler because gas prices are cheap, you may want to get a two year lease because gas prices won’t be this cheap once the economy gets cranking again:
– Benchmark crude for May delivery rose nearly 6 percent, or $2.86 to settle at $52.24 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Trading was very light on a shortened trading week. Nymex is closed for Good Friday.
– OTTAWA — Canada is shedding jobs at a rate not seen since the deep recession of the early 1980s, as March saw another 61,300 workers join the ballooning ranks of the unemployed.

The loss brought Canada’s official unemployment rate to eight per cent, the worst in seven years.

via The Canadian Press: Economy sheds 61,300 in March as job losses rival early ’80s recession.


– GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) ― As if Colorado needed another sign there aren’t many jobs to go around, a jobs fair in Glenwood Springs has been canceled for lack of potential employers.

Labor officials sent 300 flyers seeking businesses to set up booths at a job fair planned Saturday in this mountain resort town. But only five or six responded, and most of them dropped out. So the fair has been postponed indefinitely.

via Lack Of Jobs Foils Fair – .


– MORE men at the expense of machines; more drones rather than top-end fighter jets and future bombers; more helicopters for combat troops rather than a replacement for the presidential chopper; more coastal vessels and fewer aircraft-carriers; better cyberdefences, but scaled-back missile defences and laser weapons. In short, the new American defence budget would spend more on today’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and less to stave off future threats from China or Russia.


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Government Layoff News


– After failing to win anticipated financial relief from Albany, school officials in Wyandanch have issued layoff notices to 25 teachers and warned of potential cutbacks in student services next year, including all district sports.

via Wyandanch schools to lay off 25 teachers —


– It includes the elimination of about 100 positions, about 60 of which are teachers.

via Albany schools reduce spending, will cut 100 jobs — Page 1 — Times Union – Albany NY.


– SARASOTA COUNTY – An unprecedented 335 school district employees will be looking for a new job for next year because of drastic budget cuts and dwindling student enrollment.

via Sarasota school district to slash 335 jobs | | Sarasota Florida | Southwest Florida’s Information Leader.


– POWAY — Reacting quickly to projections of a larger-than-expected budget deficit for the coming fiscal year, Poway has laid off seven employees, including Robert Clark, director of its Community Services Department.

via Budget deficit leads city to lay off seven workers, saving $446,000.


– Facing an April 15 deadline, the Yuma Union High School District Governing Board voted unanimously 5-0 to send out notification of discontinuance of employment to 99 teachers who will not return for the 2009-10 school year.


US and some Canada Layoff News


country-coach– Luxury motorcoach manufacturer Country Coach announced Wednesday that about 460 employees on furlough since December would be terminated by April 14.

The company, struggling with an economic downturn that’s wiped out demand for recreational vehicles, has been in Chapter 11 bankruptcy since March.

via Country Coach lays off 460 –


3m– 3M Co. is offering early retirement packages to 3,600 employees, or 11 percent of its U.S. work force, to reduce costs even further amid the economic slowdown.

The voluntary buyout offers follow the manufacturer’s recent moves to cut 3,600 jobs, defer merit pay raises and adjust vacation allowances.

via 3M offers 3,600 US employees early retirement –


lyondellbasell– LyondellBasell says it is slashing 3,000 jobs to help meet the chemical giant’s increased goal of cutting fixed costs by $700 million by the end of 2010.


arcelormittal1-It is closing its direct iron reduction unit at Contrecoeur East for an indefinite period as of April 18, with the layoff of 20 to 25 workers,

via Arcelor Mittal closing Quebec unit .


starbuck– A Starbucks coffee shop in Oak Park, part of a 1915 brick building renovated by Mayor Kevin Johnson, is one of seven in the Sacramento region and 300 companywide slated for closure.

via Starbucks closing 7 stores in Sacramento area – Sacramento News – Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee.


– The University of South Dakota and Sanford School of Medicine will cut three faculty, 13 staff and eliminate 19 positions through attrition or combining them with others, Media Relations Manager Phil Carter said Wednesday.

via USD announces job cuts | | Argus Leader.


hospital3– The document also said Baptist reduced its work force in its hospitals by 233 “fulltime equivalents” by the end of January, compared with the average level in the first half of last year.

via Baptist reports ’08 loss, job cuts.


– Durham School Services of Downers Grove, Ill., the nation’s second largest school transportation company, said in a letter to the state Department of Workforce Development that it will lay off 63 employees when its Madison office at 702 Ruskin St. closes about June 12.

Ball Plastics Packaging Division of Watertown, a plant owned by Ball Corp. of Broomfield, Colo., will close about June 7 and lay off 46 employees.



– Baldwinsville (WSYR-TV) – Packaging manufacturer Ball Corporation says it will shut down two of its plastic packaging plants, including the one in Baldwinsville.

The move will put 113 workers out of jobs.

via Ball Corp. to close Baldwinsville plant, cut 113 jobs – NewsChannel 9 WSYR .


– In yet another letter to the students and overall campus community on the college’s budget, President H. Kim Bottomly said more than 100 positions will be lost.

via Wellesley College lays off 40 – Wellesley, MA – The Wellesley Townsman.


hospital4– ELLSWORTH, Maine — Maine Coast Memorial Hospital on Wednesday announced 14 employee layoffs and unspecified reductions in executive compensation, citing backlogged Medicaid reimbursements and economic hard times.

via 14 employees laid off at Ellsworth hospital – Bangor Daily News.


federal-mogul– MANITOWOC — A Federal-Mogul official said Wednesday its Manitowoc plant has laid off 103 people, approximately 16 percent of the work force, but one employee at the piston ring manufacturing plant disputed the figure.

via Federal-Mogul says 103 laid off | | Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter.


beech– SALINA, Kansas – It’s a major hit to the Salina area as more than 100 workers learned Wednesday they are out of a job.

via Hawker’s Salina plant lays off 200 – KSN TV .


newspaper6– The Virginian-Pilot will lay off 40 people, dropping its work force below 1,000 employees, the newspaper’s publisher said Thursday. It will be the third wave of job cuts at The Pilot in the past six months.

via Pilot to lay off 40, but executives say outlook is brighter | |


newspaper7– KINGSTON, Ont. — A union representative at the Kingston Whig-Standard says that seven people have been laid off in the newspaper’s advertising department as part of a streamlining decision by its owner Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.A, TSX:QBR.B).

via The Canadian Press: Kingston Whig-Standard lays off seven workers in advertising department.


newspaper8– Sources say more than dozen people were notified today of their release.


– Because the economy has not recovered as was hoped, Aavid Thermalloy this week announced yet another round of layoffs, most of them at its manufacturing facility in the O’Shea Industrial Park.

via Another 90 laid off at Aavid – Fosters.


wind– EPHRATA — Wind tower manufacturer Katana Summit in Ephrata laid off 17 employees this week during the company’s second round of layoffs since March.

via Columbia Basin Herald Online Newspaper – Local News – Moses Lake, WA – Grant County : Katana lays off 17 workers.


casino– Harrah’s Reno today eliminated its general manager’s position and laid off seven salaried staffers as it adjusts to recessionary pressures in the gaming industry.

via Harrah’s Reno drops GM job, lays off seven | | Reno Gazette-Journal.


kaiser1– Lower enrollment numbers have forced Kaiser Permanente to lay off 70 workers in Northern California.

via SPOTLIGHT: Kaiser Northern California lays off workers – FierceHealthFinance – Health Finance, Healthcare Finance.


– Questex Media has laid off “in the range of 40” employees, CEO Kerry Gumas told FOLIO: Wednesday.

via Questex Lays Off About 40 – B2B @


standardaero– Some workers at the Standard-Aero corporate-aircraft refurbishing plant in Springfield are among 115 who have been laid off at four plants nationwide because of the economy, the company confirmed Wednesday.

via StandardAero layoffs hit here – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register.


-WILBUR — Alcan Cable announced Monday the layoffs of 32 employees — or a quarter of its work force — at its plant in Wilbur.

via Alcan cable lays off quarter of work force | The News-Review –


– AGC Flat Glass North America Inc. announced the layoffs last week due to a weak economy and lack of demand in North America and across the globe.

via AGC Flat Glass lays off workers.


– WATERLOO, Iowa – Officials with Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo say 43 full- and part-time faculty members will be laid off, while other staff will see a pay freeze and furloughs.

via Waterloo community college cuts faculty jobs —


– MOUNT PLEASANT — Ceco Building Systems announced Wednesday it will end production in its Mount Pleasant plant in June. There are about 120 employees in Mount Pleasant.

via The Hawk Eye.


– Perkins Engines has confirmed that 78 temporary workers were being released from its Tixall Road factory in response to economic conditions that have impacted on demand for its diesel engines.

via Engine firm cuts 78 jobs : Express & Star.


gm1– Struggling automaker General Motors has apparently cut dozens of staffers from its engineering centre in Oshawa, Ont.

via – Toronto’s News: GM Slashes 50 Engineering Jobs In Oshawa, More Cuts Planned.


– The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, one of the region’s largest youth organizations with a long history of helping underprivileged children, will close four clubs, sell others and lay off one-sixth of its staff as part of a major restructuring to cope with a $7 million deficit, officials said yesterday.

via Four Boys and Girls Clubs to Close in Area –


– NORTHFIELD — Norwich University in Northfield is laying off four more employees and reducing the hours of 21 workers to help balance the school’s budget.

via Norwich University lays off 4 more | | The Burlington Free Press.


– The New Mexico Symphony Orchestra has laid off three administrative staff members and reduced the salaries of those who remain by 10 percent.

via NM symphony lays off staff, reduces salaries –


– Davenport company APAC announced they will be cutting 72 employees. The workers received notice that their last day of work will be Saturday.

via KWQC-TV6 News and Weather For The Quad Cities – APAC Lays Off 72 Employees.


– Marcy, Oneida Co. (WSYR-TV) – TimBar Packaging & Display announced Thursday its manufacturing facility located in Vernon would be closed in early July. As many as 70 people will be laid-off beginning as early as April 23.

via Local packaging company closing; 70 layoffs – NewsChannel 9 WSYR .


– HIGH POINT (MCT) — After 49 years, the NCFI division of Barnhardt Manufacturing Co. will close its High Point plant on May 8, consolidate with the Hickory branch and eliminate 20 jobs.

via High Point plant to close, eliminate 20 jobs : : Greensboro, North Carolina.


– TABOR CITY — Hart & Cooley’s manufacturing operations in Tabor City will close by the end of June, a victim of the home construction slump.

via – Current Article Page.


– Northshore Mining Co. has extended its month-long shutdown another two weeks.

The shutdown began April 6. Originally the company expected to restart its two larger taconite pelletizing lines at the beginning of May.

via Business North – The Daily Briefing – Business Newspaper Online.


– Continued decline in market demand for its product has forced Lehigh Southwest Cement Co. north of Redding to lay off about 40 employees — a little less than half of its hourly work force.

via Cement plant announces layoffs : Latest News : Redding Record Searchlight.


– NEW YORK TBWA\Chiat\Day has laid off about 40 employees, mainly in its Playa del Rey, Calif., office, sources said.

via TBWA\C\D Cuts 40 Employees.


rbs5– NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–UBS AG’s (UBS) U.S. brokerage business plans to lay off lower-producing financial advisers as well as support staff later this month, according to people familiar with the situation.

via Article –


– The robotic cutting and welding company, owned by Rimrock Corp., laid off 14 full-time employees and 18 part-time employees, including interns, last week to deal with a decline in business, said Chris Norris, marketing manager with the company.

via Wolf Robotics cuts staff | | The Coloradoan,.


gavel8– IP firm Townsend and Townsend and Crew laid off 45 staff and 16 lawyers Wednesday.

via – Townsend Cuts Attorneys, Staffers .


– A company representative said 30 employees were cut. The announcements were made Thursday afternoon. Officials said eight workers were cut in Des Moines and 22 in Omaha.

via 30 Insurance Workers Lose Their Jobs – Money News Story – KCCI Des Moines.


– The Corcoran Gallery of Art is cutting 18 jobs to stabilize finances for the museum and its art school.

via Corcoran cuts 18 jobs citing poor economy –


– Informed RX Inc. will close its call center on British American Boulevard in Latham, putting 72 people out of work.

via 72 to lose jobs when Latham call center closes — Page 1 — Times Union – Albany NY.


– Amgen, the world’s biggest biotech company, is cutting 100 jobs at a drug manufacturing site in Bothell, WA, Xconomy has learned.



International Layoff News



lloyds-banking– Lloyds Banking Group is secretly drawing up plans to axe as many as 25,000 workers following last year’s takeover of Halifax Bank of Scotland, according to wellplaced sources.

Plans to bring together the two High Street lenders are well advanced, and staff of the statecontrolled lender will begin learning their fate within four to six weeks.

via Lloyds draws up secret plans to cut 25,000 jobs | Mail Online.


lyondellbasell1– LyondellBasell, the world’s third-largest petrochemical company whose U.S. operations are under bankruptcy protection, said on Wednesday it would cut 3,000 jobs, or 17 percent of its workers, and reduce expenses by an additional $500 million by 2010.


– Helphire, which employs more than 3,000 people, said it has eliminated 130 jobs and will cut 180 more positions, adding that it expects reduction in annual operating costs to exceed the previously estimated 5 million pounds.

via UPDATE 2-Helphire raises 50 mln stg, CEO to quit; cuts more jobs | Industries | Consumer Products & Retail | Reuters .


– The bank, which describes itself as the seventh-largest general bank in the Netherlands, said it would cut jobs this year and was unable to give a forecast for 2009 results because of the uncertain market.

via Friesland Bank posts first year loss, to cut jobs | Reuters .


– The number of employees in the state administration will be reduced by about 8,000, i.e. by about 10 percent over the next nine months, and  a law on temporary reduction of wages in the state administration will also be adopted.


– Moduslink, which employs more than 300 permanent and temporary staff in Kildare town has announced job cuts “on account of the unprecedented trading conditions,” a spokesperson for the company has announced.

via 30 Moduslink redundancies blamed on ‘trading conditions’ – Kildare Today .


– Seventy seven more workers in Antigua have been sent home as the fallout from the Sir. Allen Stanford affair continues.

via| | 77 workers from Stanford International Bank laid off –   Seventy seven more workers in Antigua have be….


– April 9 (Bloomberg) — Swiss unemployment rose to the highest in more than two years in March as falling orders prompted companies to cut back production.

via Swiss Unemployment Rises to Two-Year High as Recession Deepens – .


– The Australian Bureau of Statistics said Thursday that unemployment rose to 5.7 percent from 5.2 percent in February — the highest level since October 2003, when the jobless rate reached 5.8 percent.

via The Associated Press: Australian unemployment jumps to 5-year high.


– Recruitment company Hays has announced it will cut 250 UK jobs as the recession takes its toll on the employment market.


Hiring News and News You Can Use


– Stonewall Packaging LLC, a joint venture of Jackson Paper Manufacturing Co., announced today that it will invest more than $17 million to build a new facility in Sylva for the production of recycled cardboard packaging. The investment will result in the creation of 61 jobs over the next three years.

via The Smoky Mountain News.


– Projects are expected to create more than 1,300 jobs, and they represent improvements to road, bridges and trail ways in 67 communities.

The funding comes from the state and the federal stimulus program.

via Michigan news in brief: Grants for 1,300 jobs coming | | Detroit Free Press.


– STOCKTON – The YMCA of San Joaquin County will offer free summer day camp and youth sports programs to children whose parents have been recently laid off from work, the organization announced Wednesday.

via Free day camp for children of laid-off.


– RALEIGH, NC – Affiliated Computer Services (NYSE: ACS) plans to hire 240 people at its Raleigh customer service center, according to WRAL’s Local Tech Wire.

via Article – TechJournal South – The Southeast’s Source for Technology Business News.


– The June opening of a new Alzheimer’s special needs unit in Ludington will create 30 new jobs and people may begin applying for those jobs by answering Daily News help wanted ads Friday.

via Ludington Daily News – News.


– Projects paid for with the money are expected to create 1,968 local jobs, Paterson said.

via Governor announces 1,968 new Central New York jobs – Today –


– Wal-Mart began hiring for 340 positions this week at a temporary center at 517 W. 100 North, said spokeswoman Amy Wyatt-Moore.

via Wal-Mart hiring 340 for new Cache Valley store – Salt Lake Tribune


– Buchanan Hauling & Rigging Inc., 4625 Industrial Road, said Thursday it plans to spend $520,000 on the expansion, which is projected for completion in 2012.

via City firm expanding HQ_ hiring 60 | The Journal Gazette.


– Last week — the same week Florida’s unemployment hit its highest level since 1976 — Libratore’s Liberator Medical Supply said it intends to hire 200 employees within the next two years. That’s including the 50 jobs it announced in January.

via Stuart medical supply company hiring, posting profits : Martin County : TCPalm .


– If you’re seeking a job in social media, we’d like to help out. For starters, Mashable’s Job Lists section gathers together all our resource lists, how-tos and expert guides to help you get hired. In particular, you might want to see our articles on How To Leverage Social Media for Career Success and How To Find a Job on Twitter.


Mike: More news tomorrow…………..


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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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–, the official job website for the United States Federal Government, is listing over 47,000 jobs openings across the country, and hundreds and possibly thousands job openings in Utah

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-chemicalUpdate: 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

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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.

llbean– L.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

ssangyongSsangyong 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.

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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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April 3 – Jobless rate jumps to 8.5 percent, 663,000 lose jobs – Shire to cut 260 – SR Technics to lay off 600 – 340 jobs lost: West Point Homes – MKS cuts 600 – Nationwide dismisses 480 – 330 jobs gone in Kansas City, Mo. – FedEx delivers bad news to 1,000 – Pratt and Whitney Canada dumps 1,000 – Disney slashes 1,900

Mike: A tragic ending to the week as people were killed in a Binghamton, NY hostage taking. The day started on a sour note with the unemployment rate spiking to 8.5% and the day ends with the horrifying death of many innocents.  Hopefully next week brings a period of good news. Till Monday…..
In the four months I have been posting to this blog, I have never seen a Friday that was so busy with layoff announcements both large and small. What proved to be an unwelcome act is the fact that a number of large companies waited until Friday afternoon to announce layoffs. Announcing bad news on a Friday is generally the habit of politicians trying to hide a scandal, the government disclosing that financial institutions need to be saved, or some other bad news item. This tactic, unfortunately, was used today by companies to hide their layoffs into the weekend. They must feel that their job cut news will be pushed aside by the time Monday arrives. If they announced this earlier in the week, they would have had the poor publicity with them throughout the week.
The news of the day follows…………..

– Authorities say a man blocked the rear entrance of an immigrant services center with his car, then went through the front door and started shooting. The shooting ended when he committed suicide.

via Binghamton, N.Y., gunman kills 13 – Los Angeles Times.

Mike: Good day to all. Today we see the March monthly unemployment Employment Situation report, which is expected to show a month to month loss of 650,000 jobs. Yesterday’s jobless claims report came in at a higher level (669,000) than expected, so that may also prove to be the case with Employment Situation report.
– WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent in March, the highest since late 1983, as a wide range of employers eliminated a net total of 663,000 jobs.

The Labor Department’s report is fresh evidence of the toll the recession has inflicted on America’s workers and companies.

The latest tally of job losses, released Friday, was slightly higher than the 654,000 that economists expected. The rise in the unemployment rate matched expectations.

via Jobless rate bolts to 8.5 percent, 663K jobs lost – Yahoo! Finance.

Mike: Below the Unemployment Rate graph is a headline that distorts the real unemployment numbers. The reason I say that is because unemployment was calculated differently in 1983 than it is now. So how can they compare the two years when you are using different methods to calculate the unemployment rate?

Here again are the real unemployment numbers as opposed to the reported reported numbers. I do this on a monthly basis to remind my regular readers that unemployment is worse than reported by the government and to inform my new readers of the same. The following graph from John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics shows REAL unemployment, or unemployment including “discouraged workers” (which were counted in the unemployment numbers prior to 1998) is over 19%! So when you hear main stream media and government officials spout that the unemployment rate of 8.5% is still lower than the 10.8% which occurred in 1983, you will know they are misleading you.

The following graph from John Williams’ Shadow Government Statistics shows REAL unemployment near 20%:

* The SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated “discouraged workers” defined away during the Clinton Administration added to the existing BLS estimates of level U-6 unemployment :
Chart of U.S. Unemployment

WASHINGTON – The nation’s unemployment rate jumped to 8.5 percent in March, the highest since late 1983, as a wide swath of employers eliminated 663,000 jobs.

via Jobless rate bolts to 8.5 percent, 663K jobs lost – Yahoo! News.

Mike: Here are two versions of what’s to come in the job market. I tend to trust Bill Gross more than most because he has been more on target about other financial matters:

Naroff: Worst of job losses may be over

“Way too many jobs are being cut at this point,” says Joel Naroff, chief economist at TD Bank. But we may have seen the worst of the job losses this year. “They’re not going to be great as we move through the spring,”

via MarketWatch TV & Radio podcast.


Bond guru Bill Gross sees the unemployment rate jumping to double digits before it improves, and even then the economy will evolve into something we haven’t seen before.

“Perhaps the more staggering number, in my opinion, is the five million jobs lost over the last 15 months,” Gross told CNBC. “That’s a lot of jobs, and a lot of jobs to recoup. Obama’s goal, of course, is three and a half million jobs, either regained or saved. We’ve got a long way to go.”

via Bill Gross: Joblessness Will Get Worse Before It Improves – General * US * News * Story –

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* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:


Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News

ibm1– BINGHAMTON — The gunman who went on a murderous rampage in a roomful of immigrants today was himself an immigrant – one who may have been distraught over a recent job loss.

via Hinchey: Shooter was laid off from IBM | | Press & Sun-Bulletin.

ibm2– STERLING FOREST — Assemblyman Gregory Ball, R-C-I-Patterson, said Thursday that another $50 million has been tucked into a state budget bill for retention of IBM jobs in New York, even after the company announced the layoff of scores of New York employees.

General Economic News

– WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – U.S. employers slashed 663,000 jobs in March, lifting the unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, the highest since 1983, official data showed on Friday in a report underscoring the growing distress in the labor market.

via US March payrolls fall 663,000,jobless rate 8.5 pct | Reuters .

. The Institute for Supply Management reported Friday that its March non-manufacturing index moved to a reading of 40.8, from 41.6 in February. March’s reading remained contractionary.

via DATA SNAP: Non-Manufacturing Sector Shrinks Again In March.

Ben Bernanke Speaks
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– LOS ANGELES (AP) — Free granite countertops, swimming pools and landscaping aren’t going to convince anyone who’s afraid of losing a job to buy a home. But what about a promise to pay your mortgage if you get laid off?

With the unemployment rate at a 26-year high and home sales still in the dumps, a growing number of homebuilders and even some real estate agents are trying to coax buyers with a kind of mortgage unemployment insurance.

Major builders offering job loss mortgage payment plans include Lennar Corp., Pulte Homes Inc., The Ryland Group Inc. and Toll Brothers Inc.

“We’re literally adding at least one builder a day throughout the country,” said Todd Ludlow, senior vice president of Rainy Day Foundation, a nonprofit organization that administers the programs for many builders.

Builders can pay anywhere from $450 to $900 per customer for the coverage. Some absorb the cost as they would any other sales promotion, while others pass it on to buyers, Ludlow said.

via The Associated Press: Layoff insurance latest carrot for homebuyers.

– WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A record 32.2 million people — one in every 10 Americans — received food stamps at the latest count, the government said on Thursday, a reflection of the recession now in its 16th month.

via One in 10 Americans gets help from U.S. to buy food | U.S. | Reuters

– SALEM — Layoff notices were handed out at City Hall yesterday, as the mayor continued to close a budget gap caused by a midyear cut to local aid.

via City workers laid off –, Salem, MA.

Mike: Isn’t it comforting to know that the billions of taxpayer dollars given to BOAare going to their offshore recruiting and hiring efforts as they slash the US workforce that has bailed them out from certain collapse? Taxpayers must wake up at some point and demand accountability from institutions who have been given trillions of dollars. Politicians continue to mortgage your children’s future with these taxpayer gifts to financial institutions, yet they don’t demand transparency or accountability.

– Boosted by acquisitions of Countrywide Financial and Merrill Lynch, Bank of America’s offshore operations have grown sharply in the past two years, exceeding 14,000 employees in India, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the Philippines and Costa Rica, documents obtained by the Observer show.

Government Layoff News

Mike: The following is just another indication of how school boards are out of control and have a severe tendency to coddle superintendents. It’s similar to one of the many boards of directors that increase the salary of the CEO while the company’s value is destroyed. Perez at Kodak or even the smaller story of Watts cuts jobs, boosts exec team’s pay – Boston Business Journal: are just a couple of examples of boards gone wild. Boards want to coddle superintendents and CEOs, since they may be in that position some day and they want the same outlandish overcompensation. Until the voter stands up to these crony school boards, this crony relationship will continue to be a detriment to better educated children.

– After axing 86 jobs because of a budget deficit, the Plainfield School Board approved a pay hike and a new contract for the district’s superintendent last week.

via 86 jobs cut, but raise for superintendent :: Plainfield Sun :: News.

– The Chelsea Soldiers’ Home is laying off up to 20 employees to absorb pending budget cuts.

via Chelsea Soldiers’ Home to lay off up to 20, reduce services – The Boston Globe.

– Higley Unified School District’s governing board Wednesday eliminated 38 fulltime jobs and 1 part-time position and decided that about a dozen teachers and an assistant principal will have to accept other positions if they want to stay on board next year

via Higley schools cutting 40 jobs, 6 due to surge in absences.

– Mary Charles, communications director for the city, confirmed that 141 current positions and 189 vacant positions were eliminated as a result of the city implementing its newly passed budget for fiscal year 2009-10.

via Kansas City, Mo. cuts 330 jobs – Wichita Business Journal:.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has added 107 more employees to its growing list of layoffs. The newest cuts include math and science coordinators and English as a Second Language assistants.

via CMS trims 107 more |

US and some Canada Layoff News

dianey– In a sign that the recession is cutting into Disney’s park business even deeper than originally thought, the Walt Disney Co. today said it eliminated about 1,900 jobs at its domestic parks through job cuts and attrition.

via Disney slashes 1,900 jobs at domestic parks | Company Town | Los Angeles Times.

federal-express-FedEx Corp. has confirmed that the company has cut 1,000 jobs worldwide, including 500 in its headquarters city of Memphis, Tenn. The cuts include some at its plant in Winston-Salem, although the company would not say how many. Dell also cut an unknown number of jobs at the Winston-Salem plant in March

via FedEx confirms 1,000 layoffs – The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area:.

pratt-whitney-canada– United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt & Whitney Canada unit will cut 1,000 jobs, or about 10 percent of the small-engine maker’s worldwide workforce, as business-jet production slows.

nationwide1– Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has eliminated 480 information technology jobs, including 150 in Central Ohio, the company said Friday.

via Nationwide makes more job cuts – 480 out – Business First of Columbus: .

aig1AIG subsidiary 21st Century Insurance said Thursday that it had laid off about 7% of its workforce — nearly 500 workers — and that it was losing its Long Beach office and three other locations.

via AIG subsidiary 21st Century Insurance is downsizing – Los Angeles Times.

shire– Biopharmaceutical company Shire plans to close its Owings Mills plant in phases over three years and lay off 260 workers as it discontinues in-house manufacturing of drugs to treat attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorders and gastrointestinal diseases, a company spokesman said Thursday.

via Shire drug company to close Owings Mills plant —

dell– WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A newspaper reports that a computer maker has made another round of job cuts at its North Carolina plant, this time slicing 50 contract jobs.

via More jobs cut at NC Dell computer plant – North Carolina & Regional – Wire – The Sun News.

cascadeCascade has taken several steps as a result of the financial crisis including: reducing its global work force by 20 percent, trimming 10 percent of executive salaries, instituting a hiring freeze and more.

via Cascade posts a loss for its fiscal 4Q –

house– Approximately 340 Panhandle residents learned Friday morning that they’re losing their jobs as West Point Homes in Chipley announced it’s closure.

via – 340 jobs lost: West Point Homes Chipley is closing .

mks1– MKS Instruments Inc. on Friday said it cut 600 jobs during the first quarter and reduced its first-quarter outlook, saying the difficult economy continues to hurt customer demand.

– Struggling with declines in retail sales and membership, along with a 30 percent drop in its endowment, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts laid off 33 employees Thursday.

via Boston MFA lays off 33, eliminates 54 jobs – Boston Business Journal: .

-Insight Enterprises Inc. announced late Thursday it has layed off 270 people, or about 8 percent, of its North American work force.

via Insight announces 270 layoffs as market softness continues – Phoenix Business Journal: .

– Samson Rope Technologies Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance rope, is cutting about 10 percent of its workforce in its Ferndale and Lafayette, La., facilities. Of the 27 positions that have been eliminated, about 20 were in the Ferndale plant

via The Bellingham Herald / News Update / Ferndale rope manufacturer to cut jobs .

– The Catholic college acknowledged this week that 18 workers were laid off earlier this month.

via Sacred Heart University cuts 18 jobs – The Connecticut Post Online .

– San Diego Internet online upstart Veoh Networks said yesterday it has replaced its chief executive and cut 25 employees, or 36 percent of its work force, in an move to streamline operations.

via Veoh Networks changes CEOs, eliminates 25 jobs.

– The job cuts will affect 16 employees in Virginia, including three at a regional sales office in Richmond, Altria spokesman David Sylvia said yesterday.

via Altria unit trimming sales jobs | Richmond Times-Dispatch.

– Thus far, Nelson said, it has eliminated 25 full- and part-time jobs. The membership decline is blamed on the economy.

via Grand Rapids YMCA cuts jobs due to economy, membership decline; construction delayed at Southeast site – Grand Rapids News – .

Galbreath manufactures waste handling equipment, including dumpsters, for its parent company Wastequip. The plant in Ider currently has 28 employees.

via The Times-Journal.

whirlpool– Rumors the past few days about additional white-collar cutbacks at Whirlpool Corporation have turned into reality. A Whirlpool spokesperson has confirmed what a newstipper told WSJM News earlier on Thursday — 15 employees in Southwest Michigan have been terminated

via WSJM AM 1400 & FM 94.9 – Whirlpool Cuts 15 Jobs In Southwest Michigan.

international-rectifier– TICONDEROGA — International Paper Co.’s Ticonderoga mill, which employs 600, will shut down for two weeks in the middle of May because of a slowdown in business due to the poor economy.

via In Brief — Page 1 — Times Union – Albany NY.

– MUSCATINE, Iowa — Hon Industries announced additional layoffs Thursday at its facilities across the country, including its Muscatine office furniture plants.

via Muscatine’s Hon Industries announce more layoffs.

– TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Sixty-three employees at the John Zink Co. facility in Tulsa will be laid off during the next 60 days.

via KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: Telemundo – 63 John Zink Co. employees in Tulsa being laid off.

– APAC Customer Services said Thursday it will lay off 95 workers at its Green Bay call center.

via Update: APAC to lay off 95 from Green Bay call center | | Green Bay Press-Gazette.

– KAHULUI – Kahului Zippy’s has laid off 47 workers less than a year after it opened its first Maui restaurant in August, officials have confirmed.

via 47 laid off at Zippy’s in Kahului – | News, Sports, Jobs, Visitor’s Information – The Maui News.

– ANMOORE — Twenty-seven employees at the GrafTech facility in Anmoore will be laid off this week, company officials say.

via Anmoore Plant to Lay Off 27 Workers – WBOY-TV –

tv1– A total of 22 employees were laid off Thursday at KMPH (Channel 26) and KFRE (Channel 59).

sun3– Despite a strong alternative energy market, the recession is prompting BP Solar to cut operations and jobs worldwide, including 140 positions at its Frederick plant.

via BP Solar cuts 140 Frederick jobs.

Bowling Green State University will lay off 15 to 20 classified staff members in a budget-cutting move.

via 1330 WFIN News with Tom Sheldon and Scott Jennings – Findlay Ohio.

newspaper3-The Pensacola News Journal announced today that they are cutting 84 jobs in their printing operation. The PNJ will outsource the print production of the paper to the Mobile Press-Register.

via PNJ Cuts 84 Jobs, Moving Paper Printing To Mobile Press-Register :

– MICHIGAN CITY – Sullair Corp. has laid off a number of people from their jobs, effective Thursday.

– Temperature-controlled trucking company Frozen Food Express Industries Inc. says the economic recession has negatively impacted the company, and it expects revenue and earnings for the first quarter to fall below levels attained last year.

via Frozen Food Express cuts jobs – Dallas Business Journal: .

– Wells Fargo Wealth Management Group, headed by Jay Welker, has let go of roughly 40 private bankers and wealth advisors in Northern California and has eliminated their posts,

via Wells Fargo Cuts NoCal Wealth Group : Wall Street Letter.

ohio-u– ATHENS, Ohio (WSAZ) — 89 people have been laid off so far at Ohio University; none of them have been faculty members.

via 89 Jobs Cut at Ohio University.

u-of-hawaii– The University of Hawaii at Manoa announced a plan late Thursday to cut jobs as the school faces a projected budget deficit of $33 million.

via UH Manoa Cutting Jobs Ahead Of Fall Semester | – News, Sports, Weather | Education .

bombardier2– Bombardier Aerospace will cut another 10 percent of its overall work force — about 3,000 employees — including 470 jobs at its Learjet facility in Wichita, the company said Thursday.

via Learjet to cut 470 jobs in Wichita | Wichita News – Kansas News | Wichita Eagle.

meadwestvaco– On Thursday, 80 hourly workers at the MeadWestvaco paper mill in Covington learned they will be laid off on April 20 “for at least a month,” according to the company.

via MeadWestvaco to lay off 80 workers from Covington plant –

– A Florida-based sign company that picked this inland city as the site of a new plant after catastrophic storms devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 closed its Monroeville operation this week, laying off some 50 workers


– Family-owned Walker Manufacturing this week laid off 10 percent of its work force and announced a three-week plant shutdown this month to cope with a declining economy.

via Walker lays off workers | | The Coloradoan,.

– KV Pharmaceutical Co. notified state regulators it was laying off five employees in Plantation and nine employees in Largo.

via KV Pharmaceutical lays off 14 Fla. workers – South Florida Business Journal:.

gavel3– Law firm Hogan & Hartson LLP — with offices in Denver and Colorado Springs — has laid of 93 non-legal staff across the country and is cutting pay for some lawyers, who could be the next to get pink slips.

via Law firm Hogan & Hartson cutting jobs, pay – Denver Business Journal:.

– MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) – Officials with Albemarle Corp. say the chemical company will temporarily lay off about 70 employees from its three production plants in Magnolia.

The Shaw Group, which provides support services to Albemarle, says it also has laid off an unspecified number of workers.

via WXVT-TV Delta News – More Local News and Weather | Albemarle, support company lay off Ark. workers.

hamilton-sundstrand1– Hamilton Sundstrand laid off about 300 workers Thursday in Connecticut and other locations, part of parent United Technologies Corp.’s previously announced plan to cut 11,600 jobs worldwide in 2009.

via Hamilton Sundstrand Lays Off About 300 —

– TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Sixty-three employees at the John Zink Co. facility in Tulsa will be laid off during the next 60 days.

via KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo – 63 John Zink Co. employees in Tulsa being laid off.

– MONROEVILLE — A Florida-based sign company that picked this inland city as the site of a new plant after catastrophic storms devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005 closed its Monroeville operation this week, laying off some 50 workers and filing Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to court records.

via 50 workers laid off at Monroeville sign plant –

– Santa Fe-based Thornburg Mortgage Inc. on Friday announced layoffs of 130 of its approximately 150 staff members.

via NM: Thornburg Mortgage lays off majority of staff –

– Teachers and administrators at Lake College in Redding say they were laid off Tuesday, and haven’t been paid in eight weeks. Some even tell Action News they were let go without exit interviews or final paychecks.

via North State College Lays-Off Employees – CBS 12 Action News.

– Employees at the Sherwin-Williams Co. plant here were told Thursday that their paint roller and paint tray-making facility will be closed permanently due to lagging sales and deteriorating economic conditions.

via SHW BRIEF: Sherman-Williams plant in Deshler to close.

– The U.S. arm of Dutch consumer-goods maker Unilever said Friday it is closing its Breyers packaged ice cream plant in Framingham, Mass., that employs 201 workers.

via Unilever to close plant with 201 workers –

– Layoff notices were also circulated to management staff and those not covered under the collective agreement.

In total, approximately 280 plant workers are being let go and 65 office employees.

via The Canadian Press: All remaining employees at Chatham truckmaker given layoff notices.

International Layoff News

aviva2Update: LONDON: Norwich Union Life, a part of British insurance group Aviva, will be cutting close to 1,700 positions, both permanent and contract, in the UK by the end of 2009.

via Aviva unit to slash 1,690 jobs in UK– Jobs-News By Industry-News-The Economic Times.

sr-technics– LONDON/WASHINGTON–SR Technics Wednesday said that approximately 600 employees will be laid off from the company’s soon-to-close Dublin facility on Friday, April 3.

rbs– April 3 (Bloomberg) — Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said it will cut more jobs as the bank indicated former Chief Executive Officer Fred Goodwin is considering a request to return part of his 703,000-pound ($1 million) annual pension.

The job cuts will be in addition to 2,700 previously announced by RBS, Britain’s biggest government-controlled bank said before today’s annual shareholders meeting in Edinburgh. Deputy CEO Gordon Pell and Parliament’s Scottish Affairs Committee have sparred over job loss estimates in recent weeks.

via RBS to Cut Jobs as Goodwin Considers Pension Payback (Update2) – .

– LONDON -(Dow Jones)- British Airways PLC (BAY.LN) Friday said it is cutting a further 300 jobs as part of a voluntary redundancy scheme.

“We are pleased with the take up and 300 people will leave the airline under this scheme at the end of May,” a British Airways spokesman said in an emailed statement.

via British Airways To Cut 300 Jobs By End May – EasyBourse actualité.

– The National Australia Bank has announced it will slash 113 full-time branch positions in a bid to cut costs.

via NAB to cut 113 jobs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

– A castings manufacturer in Bendigo, in central Victoria, will cut 22 jobs because of the slowing economy.

via 22 jobs to go at castings factory – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

– As Bosai prepares to release 100 persons from its workforce in Linden, Personnel and Industrial Relations Superintendent Peter Benny said that this was one of the most difficult decisions for the company.

via Stabroek News – Bosai to release 100 workers starting next week .

gm– (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp.’s South African unit will cut 700 jobs by June after vehicle sales dropped by more than a third this year

via General Motors South Africa Will Cut 700 Jobs by June (Update1) – .

-The retailer is negotiating around 480 redundancies with unions in the two countries. In Finland, four remaining Markantalo shops will be converted into its core Gigantti brand.

via DSG to cut jobs and shut Scandinavian sites – Times Online .

Fifty-three jobs have been lost out of a workforce of 102 at JH Birtwistle and Co, based on Grane Road, Haslingden.

via Half of jobs go at JH Birtwistle – Business – News – Manchester Evening News.

– These three men are among 62 Toowoomba workers facing job losses after the Federal Government effectively shut down their three employers.

via Sixty-two jobs lost | News | Toowoomba Chronicle | Toowoomba Chronicle.

– Hughes Christensen in east Belfast said up to 90 of its 400 employees faced redundancy.

via Belfast engineering firm axes 90 workers – Ireland, Breaking News –

– The Donegal Gaeltacht has been dealt a massive jobs blow as one of the country’s leading snack food firm’s announced plans to shed a fifth of its workforce.

via The Press Association: Gaeltacht food firm to axe 123 jobs.

– In order to meet the current market situation in the pulp and paper industry, Eka Chemicals has launched a program to optimize sodium chlorate production in Europe which will result in the permanent closure of the plant in Mo i Rana, Norway. 31 employees will lose their jobs, as the company informed Lesprom Network.

via Eka Chemicals to close sodium chlorate production plant in Mo i Rana, Norway – Lesprom Network.

Hiring News and News You Can Use

Hanford contractors say they are making quick work of identifying candidates for at least 600 positions they expect to fill in about the next six weeks with federal money to stimulate the economy.

via Hanford contractors announce hiring plans | The News Tribune – Northwest | Seattle-Tacoma News | South Puget Sound’s Destination.

– FREDERICK – Laboratory supplier Life Technologies Corp. said on Thursday that it will add 50 jobs in Frederick.

via Laboratory supplier to add 50 jobs in Frederick —

– Despite the recession and a 6.2 percent unemployment rate, Kansas is looking outside as well as inside the state to fill thousands of job openings.

Next week representatives from the Kansas Department of Commerce will attend a job fair in Omaha, Neb. It’s not uncommon for them to go to other states to recruit, commerce department spokesman Joe Monaco said.

There are at least 22,000 positions available in Kansas, including 12,000 posted online in the last 15 days, Monaco said.

“There are quite a few jobs still to be filled throughout the state,” he said.

via Kansas Commerce Department looking for workers to come to Kansas –

Mike: A tragic ending to the week as people were killed in a Binghamton, NY hostage taking. The day started on a sour note with the unemployment rate spiking to 8.5% and the day ends with the horrifying death of many innocents.  Till Monday…………..

Tom Toles - Apr 3

Tom Toles - Apr 3


April 2 – Jobless claims jump to 669,000 (the highest since 1982) – Record 5.73 million remain on unemployment – Bombardier to chop another 3,000 – Swiss Re cuts 1,150 – Kohler taps 455 for layoffs – Postal Service to stamp out 1,490 jobs in 3 states

Mike: Today brought us increasing unemployment claims and record continuing claims, but improved factory orders. Consumer loan delinquencies increased,  but accounting rules were changed to protect banks and other financial institutions. As a result, the stock market shot higher, but hundreds of thousands lost their jobs. It wasn’t be a few months ago that increased jobless numbers would have crashed the markets, but the market has become less concerned about jobs and more concerned about accounting tricks. If accounting tricks lead to more jobs then the changes are positive from that standpoint, but if they merely gloss over earnings and allow for CEOs to collect larger bonuses, then those changes have accomplished little. Time will tell.

Tomorrow brings us another important employment indicator; the Employment Situation. The consensus is a loss of 651,000 jobs for the month of March, but with today’s increased jobless claims number, the Employment Situation may also spike higher. Till tomorrow……….
Mike: Today’s Jobless Claims number will be the unemployment story of the day. The consensus is for another 655,000 claims, but with the euphoria in the stock market believing that the worst is behind us, this number may be expected to improve. When Jobless Claims is released at 8:30, we’ll know where things stand

First-time claims for state unemployment benefits rose a seasonally adjusted 12,000 in the week ended March 28, hitting the highest level since October 1982, the Labor Department reported Thursday. These initial claims totaled 669,000, a level that is up 72% from the same period in the prior year.

via Initial jobless claims rise to highest level since 1982 – MarketWatch

Mike: It looks like yesterday’s higher ADP number correlated to the higher jobless claims number today. The Challenger, Gray & Christmas number looks at potential future layoffs, but if weekly jobless claims increase then the future layoff numbers are also to likely increase. In fact, the Challenger, Gray & Christmas number showed improvement last month, but jobless claims numbers continued to increase. 

For some odd reason, the 669,000 jobless claims number was higher than expected. Did these economic experts think that companies wouldn’t continue to shed jobs at a record rate? Just because a few more homes were built and a few more cars were sold isn’t reason to think that employment is improving. I’m not surprised that the continuing claims number keeps increasing at record levels, since unemployment benefits are continually extended. Once those extensions expire, the continuing claims number will likely decrease, so that number isn’t as good an indicator as it was when unemployment benefits were capped at 26 weeks. However, the ongoing increase in continuing claims does indicate that jobs remain difficult to find

Here are yesterday’s job cuts announcements to see if there is any correlation between the jobs cut number from Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. who said the number of planned job cuts announced by U.S. employers fell for the second straight month in March by 19.3 percent to 150,411 (Number of planned job cuts dips), and the ADP report which showed “private sector employers cut 742,000 jobs from payrolls in March,” ( ADP: Economy lost 742,000 jobs in March), which was 80,000 more than expected. One report shows improvement, while the other shows worsening. One of them will be a better indicator when compared to today’s Jobless Claims number. Update: Looks like the ADP number is the better indicator.
* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:



Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News


msft– April 1 (Bloomberg) — Microsoft Corp., facing criticism for recruiting foreigners while making job cuts, is seeking fewer guest-worker visas this year as the pace of hiring slows.


– Last week we saw IBM (IBM) publish an open call to big cloud computing players to make their components work together… and Microsoft (MSFT) retort that IBM has no basis to speak on behalf of the industry.

But the two rivals are both in New York and under the same roof at the Cloud Computing Expo, and together they’re making peace over the issue, or at least agreeing to a cease-fire.

via IBM And Microsoft Bury The Hatchet On ‘Open Cloud’... Sort Of (IBM, MSFT).


google– Mountain View, Calif. – Confirming rumors, Google (NASD: GOOG) on Tuesday announced the launch of Google Ventures, a new $100 million venture capital fund that it will be used to invest in early-stage companies.

via Google Launches $100 Million Venture Capital Fund | Digital Media Wire.


Mike: The following isn’t quite to the point of European workers protest, but it’s a start.

ibm– A Somers resident and 40-year IBM veteran laid off earlier this year from the Armonk-based computer giant will be outside Big Blue’s Somers campus at 11:30 a.m. today to protest what he calls age discrimination in the medical insurance packages offered terminated workers.


General Economic News

Jobless Claims
8:30 AM ET
– April 2 (Bloomberg) — The number of Americans filing unemployment claims unexpectedly rose to the highest level since 1982 last week and those staying on benefit rolls jumped to a record as companies kept cutting jobs to trim costs.

Initial jobless claims swelled by 12,000 to 669,000 in the week ended March 28, topping 600,000 for a ninth straight time, after a revised 657,000 the prior week, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The number of people staying on benefit rolls soared in the prior week to 5.73 million.

via U.S. Initial Jobless Claims Rose by 12,000 to 669,000 Last Week – .

Factory Orders
10:00 AM ET
– The 1.8 percent increase in new orders reported by the Commerce Department followed a 3.5 percent decline in January — an indication that orders were falling more slowly. New orders for durable goods such as appliances and autos were up slightly more than previously reported.
– NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Monster Employment Index fell 4 points in March, and is now down 29% year-over-year, indicating a continued deceleration in online recruitment activity at the end of the first quarter.
Mike: It’s nice to know that we are ruled by government organizations and agencies that just make up and change accounting rules as they go along. If I ever get audited by the IRS, I will say that there really isn’t any problem with the way I value assets because I changed the rules to make it more beneficial to my tax return
– WASHINGTON (AP) — The board that sets U.S. accounting standards on Thursday gave companies more leeway when valuing assets and reporting losses, providing a potential boost to battered banks’ balance sheets.

The independent Financial Accounting Standards Board voted to adopt new guidelines under the so-called mark-to-market accounting rules, which require companies to value assets at prices reflecting current market conditions. The board was meeting at its headquarters in Norwalk, Conn.

via FASB gives firms more leeway in valuing assets – Yahoo! Finance.

Mike Luckovich - Apr 1

Mike Luckovich - Apr 1


– The delinquency rate during the fourth quarter across multiple types of closed-end consumer loans increased to 3.22 percent, according to the ABA’s consumer credit delinquency bulletin. The delinquency rate is the highest ever recorded since the ABA began tracking the rate in the mid 1970s.

Delinquencies increased from 2.65 percent during the fourth quarter in 2007 and 2.90 percent during the third quarter of 2008.

The ABA also noted that credit card delinquencies, which aren’t included in its composite delinquency rate because they are not closed-end loans, increased to 4.52 percent during the fourth quarter. The delinquency rate for credit cards was 4.38 percent during the final quarter in 2007 and 4.20 percent during the third quarter of 2008.

via Consumer loan delinquencies rise in 4th quarter – Yahoo! Finance.


Government Layoff News


usps– CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it’s closing three mail processing centers and eliminating about 1,490 jobs in West Virginia, Indiana and Arizona.


– Hours after Portland police unions rejected a proposal to freeze wages for a year, city officials announced that they will lay off an undisclosed number of police officers. 

via Portland Announces Police Layoffs After Unions Reject Wage Freeze – 4/01/09 11:17 AM EST.


– STOCKTON – At the end of a specially called meeting before an audience of about 300 at Franklin High School, the Stockton Unified school board voted 4-3 Wednesday night to eliminate 163 classified positions, 62 of which are vacant.

via SUSD axes 163 support staff jobs.


– FLINT, Michigan — The Flint School District will lay off 257 teachers at the end of the school year.

via Flint schools to lay off 257 teachers at end of school year – Flint News – The Latest News, Blogs, Photos & Videos – .


– The town is eliminating a total of six full-time positions plus part-time spots, and the staff cuts will affect every department — from parks and recreation to streets maintenance and planning.

via Telluride Daily Planet > Archives > News > Town cuts staff, services as tax revenues drop.


– The Clayton County school board eliminated 19 administrators this week — saving the district about $900,000.


US and some Canada Layoff News


bombardier– MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. is slashing 10 per cent of its workforce, or about 3,000 jobs, as it adjusts to the impact of the global economic crisis.

The Montreal-based company said today it will have to slow down production rates of its aircraft, particularly its business jets, in order to cope with slowing demand.

via Bombardier to cut 3,000 jobs.


ak-steel– ZANESVILLE – Layoffs and reduced schedules are expected to continue at AK Steel’s Coshocton and Zanesville plants.

Alan McCoy, vice president of government and public relations, said there were 150 employees on a layoff last week -75 from each plant. This week there were a total of 145 on a layoff at both plants -60 from Zanesville and 75 from Coshocton.

via More layoffs, reduced schedules at AK Steel | | Coshocton Tribune.


– PLEASANT PRAIRIE – Permacel, which manufactures industrial tape, is to close by Sept. 30, putting some 100 employees out of work.

via Kenosha News | Pleasant Prairie factory to close by Sept. 30.


international-paper1– International Paper will close its lumber mill near Franklin and reduce employment in other departments, laying off nearly 160 workers, the company announced Wednesday.

via Franklin lumber mill to close; nearly 160 to be laid off | |


goodrich– TUSCALOOSA | BFGoodrich plans to lay off 50 hourly workers at its Tuscaloosa plant effective Monday.

via BFGoodrich to lay off 50 in city | | The Tuscaloosa News | Tuscaloosa, AL.


kohler– Kohler Company announced a workforce reduction of 455 positions at its corporate headquarters in the Village of Kohler Thursday.  The cuts include 357 production and 98 administrative positions.


– WHARTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) — Sixty five workers are out of a job after a coal mine shutdown in Boone County.

The general manager of Long Branch Energy, Greg Patterson, tells that the company has ceased operations at its number 25 mine in Wharton.

via Boone County Coal Mine Shut Down, 65 Jobs Lost.


schnitzer-steel– Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc. on Thursday said it has cut more than 500 jobs and another 350 contractors as it reduced production to meet ever-dwindling demand.


– Celebrity blogging company Buzz Media has cut 20% of its workforce.

The cuts amount to around 15 employees, leaving a total of 75, and come only weeks after the company (previously known as Buzznet) raised a round of $12.5 million.

via Buzz Media cuts 20% of workforce.


– Internap Network Services Corp. said late Tuesday that it will cut 45 jobs, or 10 percent of its work force, to bring down its operating costs.

via Internap to trim 45 employees, 10 percent of total –


boa–  Jobs Cut at B of A/Merrill Muni Groups – 04.02.2009 – Bond Buyer Article.


autodesk – The company said it would announce details of the new cost-cutting plan next month. Autodesk also reiterated its fiscal first-quarter outlook Thursday.

via Autodesk names finance chief, plans to cut more jobs – MarketWatch .


rite-aid– Rite Aid will shut down its distribution center in Newnan, Ga., and cut 297 jobs by the end of September to “improve operational efficiency.”

via Rite Aid closing Newnan facility, to cut 297 jobs – Atlanta Business Chronicle: .


– A total of 50 employees would be permanently laid off by Sept. 11.

via Tekonsha plant to cut 50 jobs | | The Enquirer.


– The layoffs will affect around 20 employees of the Owings Mills-based technology company’s work force of 200. The first round of job cuts were made in January, the company said.

via Avatech Solutions sheds jobs, cuts salaries – Baltimore Business Journal: .


– The downturn in the economy and, presumably, cutbacks in spending levels by clients, led Havas’s MPG to lay off 10% of its 460-strong U.S. workforce today (Thursday). Most of the cuts took place at the agency’s headquarters in New York, though Boston and Chicago were also affected.

via Havas’s MPG Cuts U.S. Workforce 10% – Media Buyer Planner.


– As part of a company-wide restructuring in North America, Europe and Asia, Dorel Industries will reduce its workforce at its Cannondale bicycle factory in Pennsylvania by two-thirds this year.


– A local company that makes plastic components for a variety of industries laid off nearly 40 workers last week, though the company president said he hopes the move is temporary.

via Layoffs hit home in Verona.


gavel2– Mayer Brown has announced that it is cutting 45 attorneys and 90 administrative staffers across its US offices.

via BREAKING: Mayer Brown Cuts 135 Lawyers, Staff Across U.S..


cornell1– ITHACA – Layoffs at Cornell University have been proceeding piecemeal over the past several months, with a total of 121 non-faculty, non-union employees laid off or receiving notice of a layoff to take effect before the end of the fiscal year.

via Cornell non-faculty and non-union layoffs total 121 | | The Ithaca Journal.


– Residential building product maker Ply Gem Industries Inc. will cut around 160 jobs and trim expenses by $6 million, the company’s latest cutbacks to deal with the slumping housing market.

via Ply Gem to cut 160 jobs, shift others – Triangle Business Journal: .


– According to a Twitter post from Evan Hansen, the Web site’s editor-in-chief, the company laid off 3 out of 25 full-time staffers or 12 percent of its workforce.

via lays off 12 percent of staff | Digital Media – CNET News.


newspaper2– RICHMOND – The Richmond Times-Dispatch has laid off 59 workers and cut 31 vacant positions in response to declines in advertising revenue.

via Richmond newspaper eliminates 90 jobs – WTKR.


smurfit-stone– Packaging giant Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. is closing a corrugated container plant in Mansfield in May as it works to stay afloat under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

via Smurfit-Stone closing Mansfield plant, cutting 91 – Business First of Columbus: .


-Findlay Industries Inc., a Pulaski County maker of truck cab interior components for Volvo Trucks North America, will close by May 1, putting more than 100 people out of work.

via Volvo partmaker Findlay to close plant in Pulaski Co. –


– Chances are, you don’t subscribe to magazines like you used to. As more people do that, it’s killing companies that print many national magazines. Now, 347 local jobs are about to go at the Quebecor World plant off Highway 51



International Layoff News



bombardier1– A slump in demand for corporate jets has forced plane maker Bombardier to slash 3,000 jobs, including almost 1,000 in Northern Ireland.

Canadian-owned Bombardier, best known for its Learjet executive plane, confirmed this morning it was reducing its global workforce by 10%. This is on top of 1,360 job cuts announced in February, including 300 in Belfast.

via Corporate jet taboo forces Bombardier to shed 3,000 jobs | Business | .


swiss-re– Reinsurance giant Swiss Re said it planned to cut 10% of its workforce – equivalent to around 1,150 jobs – as part of an efficiency drive.

The Zurich-based company, which has its main UK office at the “Gherkin” tower in the City of London, did not disclose where the jobs will go or how many staff were employed in the UK. It also has an office at Folkestone, Kent.

via The Press Association: Insurance company to cut 1,150 jobs.


aviva1– UK insurer Aviva, which owns Norwich Union, is to cut 1,100 jobs during 2009 as part of an efficiency drive, it has said in a statement.


beneteau– Shares in Beneteau fall as much 5.1 percent after daily Le Figaro reports the French boat maker may cut between 700 and 800 jobs to adjust to a 50 percent fall in orders since January.


– Former workers at the UK arm of US car parts firm Visteon have occupied a factory in Enfield, north London, the Unite union says.

They are also protesting at a plant in Essex, while 80 workers are still taking part in a sit-in at a factory in Belfast which began on Tuesday.

via BBC NEWS | Business | Car plant workers occupy factory.


– Prime Minister Karim Masimov said the state holding company Samruk-Kazyna will reduce its workforce by half, cut pay by an average 30 percent and that its subsidiary companies will slash their payrolls by 15 percent.


– Another 95 redundancies are to be sought at engineering firm FG Wilson’s three plants in Co Antrim.

via NI engineering firm seeks 95 further redundancies – The Irish Times – Wed, Apr 01, 2009.


– STAFF AT both Shaws and Haddens, Carlow have been left reeling with the news this week that ten of the stores’ longest serving staff will lose their jobs.

via Employees shocked as Shaws and Haddens demand redundancies .


– Julius Baer Holding said Wednesday it plans to lower overall operating expenses by up to 15% with measures that include job cuts at its flagship private bank.

via Julius Baer eyes job cuts in bid to slash costs.


– Filtrona Filters in Bedesway, Jarrow, which employs 365 staff, is blaming a worldwide decline in the tobacco market for axing 233 workers.

via BBC NEWS | UK | England | Tyne | Cigarette filter maker axes jobs.


– JOBS are being axed at Merseytravel – including nearly half its tunnels police force and the potential loss of a Mersey ferry.

via Liverpool – News – Liverpool Local News – Merseytravel announces plans to axe jobs in reorganisation.


– British home shopping and education supplies firm Findel (FDL.L) is closing its loss-making Cotswold Company and Letterbox brands as part of a streamlining that will lead to about 60 job losses.

via UPDATE 2-Findel cuts 60 jobs as closes Cotswold, Letterbox | Global Industries | Autos & Transport | Reuters .


– Salzburg window- and door-fitting manufacturer MACO announced today (Weds) that 440 of its 700 employees would begin six months of part-time work effective immediately.

via Austrian Times – Home > Business > Maco cuts half workforce to part-time.


– National Australia Bank Ltd will cut more than 50 personal banking staff from branches around the country, most of them in NSW, while adding a net 60 jobs to its business banking operations.

via Business Spectator – NAB sacks more than 50 personal banking staff.


– Johnstons of Elgin are to cut 40 jobs at their textiles mill, which employs more than 250 workers, in the town’s Mansfield Road.


Hiring News and News You Can Use


– The U.S. Department of Energy says it will hire as many as 3,000 workers to clean up the Savannah River Site, a nuclear weapons complex with a legacy of radioactive contamination.


– WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. – Wisconsin Rapids is getting a new factory that is expected to create about 400 jobs.

Mayor Mary Jo Carson said Energy Composites Corp. plans to begin construction on the 350,000 square foot plant as soon as this spring.

via Wisconsin Rapids plant to create 400 jobs —


– Consumers would shop more if they weren’t so worried about losing their jobs.

Or so goes the thinking behind an increase in marketing campaigns aimed at taking the risk out of spending.

From cars to suits, airline tickets to gym memberships, companies are gearing their advertisements toward people who have been recently laid off or fear they may soon be in the unemployment line.

via Businesses offer security to make the sale ––


– Walgreens is offering free health care services through its Take Care Clinics for routine illnesses suffered by certain laid off workers and their families who don’t have health insurance. However there are some catches.

via Walgreens clinics offering free service to certain laid off workers | Health Matters | STLtoday.


– Speaking at Ivy Tech Community College today, Gov. Mitch Daniels said seven companies will invest more than $22.6 million to add over 500 jobs to the area.


Mike: One blog reader left the following in the comments area, but I’ll post it here, too:

Join us on May 6, 2009, from 8am-3pm at the Chase Center on the Riverfront for The Delaware Job Hunters Education and Networking Event. This important and timely event is being held to provide education to Delaware job seekers to improve their job search skills and gain a competitive edge in today’s job market. The event will also provide attendees the opportunity to meet with local companies to learn about job opportunities. This is a FREE event.

To register for the event call Joyce Dungee Proctor at 302-504-9922 or visit and click on seminars and choose the Delaware Job Hunters event to register.


Mike: Tomorrow brings us another important employment indicator; the Employment Situation. The consensus is a loss of 651,000 jobs for the month of March, but with today’s increased jobless claims number, the Employment Situation may also spike higher. Till tomorrow………………………


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