Friday, November 13, 2009

Whos Firing – Layoffs week ended 11-13-09

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the week ended 11/13/09. Not only is this valuable for job seekers, but for business analysts, corporate strategists, marketers, salespeople, investment analysts, financial advisers, and others who are interested in companies that are contracting.

Top layoffs announced and rumored this week were in the Telecommunications, Technology, Business Services, Government, Manufacturing, Transportation, Energy and Pharma sectors.

Inclusion on this listing doesn’t mean the entire industry is down, as some from the same sectors appeared on the “Who’s Hiring” article published 11/9/09. It is interesting to note that while Federal hiring is on the rise, a number of State and Local governments have continued to see cutbacks for over the past month.

Technology companies announced significant layoffs this week, including AOL, Electronic Arts, Applied Materials, Adobe, First Data, and Sun Microsystems.

Telecommuncations companies cut jobs as Sprint Nextel, and Nortel announced layoffs, even while Sprints competitors have been on the top hiring lists for the past 6 weeks or more.

While many Healthcare organizations made the top hiring company lists, a number of Healthcare companies were laying off such as Assurant Health, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Unicare, Stiefel Labs, and Jackson Health System. Transportation companies including IC Bus, Colorado Springs First Transit, Cirrus Aircraft, Great Dane Trailer, Peterman Transportation, Frontier Airlines, Workhorse Custom Chassis announced staff cuts.

Job seekers: You might want to look in greener pastures than these companies.

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs week ended 11/13/09:

Sprint Nextel, National (2,000-2,500)
Electronic Arts, (1,500)
Applied Materials, Santa Clara Ca (1,300 – 1,500)
AOL, NYC (up to 1,000)
Adobe Systems, San Jose CA (680)
PG&E, San Francisco (500)
IC Bus (Navistar), Conway AR (477)
Murray Energy Corp, Carbon County OH (91)
Lennox Hearth Products Inc, Orange CA (71)
Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond VA (91)
Fiserv, Aurora IL (290)
SuperValu, Wood Dale IL (111)
Wyndham Suites Hotel, Glenview IL (93)
Relational LLC, Rolling Meadows IL (118)
First Data, International (250)
Colorado Springs First Transit, Colorado Springs CO (73)
State of Hawaii, Statewide (650)
Assurant Health, Milwaukee WI (94)
Iowa Judicial Branch, Des Moines IA (105)
Red Wing Shoe Company, Danville KY (200+)
City of Colton CA (60)
NYC High Schools, New York NY (500)
Pierce County WA (300)
City of Buckeye AZ (64)
Great Dane Trailer, Kewanee IL (161)
Musician's Friend, Northland MO (75)
Current TV, San Fransisco CA (80)
Iams Inc, Lewisberg OH (180)
El Paso Corp, Houston TX (300)
Wick Building Systems, Madison WI (500)
Peterman Transportation, State of Ohio (100)
Sitel, Longview TX (270)
Frontier Airlines, Denver CO (200)
Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. Inc, Wausau WI (334)
Sun Microsystems, Broomfield CO (128)
Albertsons, Orlando FL (246)
Dearborn Schools, Dearborn MI (300)
Alcan Packaging Food, Neenah WI (50)
Herbst Gaming, Nevada (up to 200)
ABM Janitorial Services, Minneapolis MN (1,200)
Johnson & Johnson, Spring House PA (174)
UniCare Life and Health Insurance, Plano TX (187)
University of Nebraska, Lincoln NE (300)
Pfizer, Chesterfield MO (600)
Star Tribune, Minneapolis MN (100)
Nortel Networks, Richardson TX (56)
Sanford Corporation, Janesville WI (140)
City of Grand Rapids MI (up to 150)
Creekside Mushrooms, Worthington PA (260)
Family Support Systems Unlimited, Bronx NY (92)
Zip Realty Inc, Melville NY (103)
UPMC, Braddock PA (654)
Siemens IT Solutions and Services, Clark Summit PA (64)
Serco, Inc., Warrendale PA (93)
Harsco Materials, Coatesville, PA (77)
Graphic Packaging, Fort Wayne IN (118)
Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC, Union City IN ( 90)
HMSHost Corp, Grapevine TX (74)
ABB Inc, Wichita Falls TX (172)
Gardner Denver, Inc., Sheboygan WI (64)
Mount Bachelor Educational Center, Prinevile OR (70)
Stiefel Laboratories, Greene County NY (260)
City of Colton, CA (60)
Sykes Enterprises Inc, Milton-Freewater OR (336)
Cirrus Aircraft, Grand Forks ND (58)
Jackson Health System, Miami FL (93)

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