Friday, November 20, 2009

Whos Firing - Layoffs week ended 11-20-09

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the week ended 11/20/09. 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 Technology, Health Care, Telecommunications, Transportation, Energy, and Government 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 11/16/09. 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, Dell, and Pandemic Studios/EA.

Telecommunications companies cut jobs as Verizon, and Sony Ericsson, Teleperformance, Windstream Communications, announced layoffs, even though Verizon has 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 Aetna, Boston Scientific, and Mountainside Hospital. Energy companies including Valero Energy and Devon Energy announced staff cuts.

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

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs week ended 11/20/09:

AOL, Various (2,500)
Boston Scientific, Doral FL (1,400)
Aetna, Hartford CT & other locations (1,225)
Verizon Communications, Washington, D.C., Maryland, & Virginia (1,000)
Dell Corporation, Forsyth County NC (600)
YRC Worldwide Inc, Richfield OH (600 additional)
Valero Energy, Delaware City FL (550)
Fulton County, GA (500)
Sony Ericsson, Raleigh NC, Seattle WA, Miami FL, San Diego CA, & International (425)
W.C. Wood Company, Ottawa OH (425)
New Era Cap Co, Demopolis AL & Derby NY (322)
State of Pennsylvania (319)
Teleperformance USA, Akron OH (303)
ConAgra Foods, Garner NC (up to 300)
Mountainside Hospital, Montclair NJ (300)
NHS Woodhaven/Philadelphia, Erdenheim PA (290)
Devon Energy Corp, Houston TX (275)
The Brown Co. of Waverly, Waverly OH (264)
One Source Landscape & Golf Services, Williamsburg VA & Tampa FL (253)
Boeing Corp, San Antonio TX (250)
Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco CA (250)
Alcoa Howmet, Hampton VA (250)
Windstream Communications - D&E Communications, Ephrata PA (239)
Deluxe Corp, Colorado Springs CO (225)
US Food Service, Virginia Beach VA (up to 206)
Pandemic Studios/EA, Los Angeles CA (200)
Garland USA – Manitowoc, Freeland PA (200)
Midwest Stamping, LLC, Edgerton OH (198)
Beam Global Spirits and Wine, Carthage OH (184)
Catterton Partners' Farley's and Sathers Candy Company, Round Lake MN (175)
Johnson & Johnson, Spring House PA (174)
Dairyland Greyhound Park, Kenosha WI (174)
Marine Corps Logistic Base, Yermo CA (170)
Oklahoma Department of Human Service, Enid & Paul Valley OK (162)
Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis MN (150-200)
BusinessWeek, Various (125)
Society's Assets (Wisconsin Telecommunication Relay Service), Middleton WI (120)
Arizona Department of Transportation, Phoenix AZ (115)
California Sports Service, Dodgertown CA (112)
Invista, Waynesboro VA (110)
Petermann, Cincinnati OH (110)
Target, Bedford OH (109)
Fairfax County Public Libraries, Fairfax VA (107)
Business Week (100)
The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (runs McCormick Place and Navy Pier), Chicago IL (100)
Oklahoma Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (100)
Quail Lodge Hotel and Spa, Carmel CA (100)
Amway Corp, ADA MI (93)
Sears, Birmingham AL (92)
Murray Energy, Brilliant OH (91)
Associated Press, various (90)
iPass Inc, Redwood City CA & International (80)
Harsco Metals, Coatesville PA (77)
Simon & Schuster, Bristol PA (72)
BART, San Francisco CA (70 – 80)
Target – Brownsville, Brownsville TX (70)
Maryland’s Board of Public Works, Baltimore MD (70)
City of Dayton OH (66)
Guardian Automotive Products, Upper Sandusky OH (59)
State Industrial Products, Cleveland OH (58)
Nielsen Co., Oldsmar FL (57)
Nortel Networks Richardson TX (56)
Steel of West Virginia, Huntington WV (53)
Dillard's Inc., Cincinnati OH (50)
Qwest Communication, Denver CO (Unknown)
Wake County Schools, Raliegh NC (Unknown)
Alabama A&M, Huntsville AL (Unknown)
City of Fresno CA (Unknown)

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