Friday, December 11, 2009

Who's Firing - Layoffs week ended 12-11-09

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the week ended 12/11/09. 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.

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Top layoffs announced and rumored this week were in the Education, Government, Aerospace, Finance, Energy, Manufacturing, and Technology 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 12/7/09. 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 two months.

Education topped significant layoffs this week, led by the LA Unified School District announcing 5,000 layoffs, Riverside CA Unified School District cut 124, and Tulsa Public Schools cut 100. Government also announced significant layoffs, with the Chicago Transit Authority laying off 1,000 workers, the California Prison System announcing layoffs of 900 employees, and the City of Minneapolis cutting 100.

Aerospace cut jobs as the ATK Space Systems cut staff after losing NASA contracts, while NetJets Aviation, Cessna, Ideal Motgage Bankers announced 572 layoffs, Farmer Insurance cut an additional 200, KeyCorp cut 150, and Variable Annuity Life Insurance cut 121.

A number of energy and manufacturing companies were laying off such as Consol Energy, Vestas, GM Manufacturing, Injex Industries, Georgia Pacific, JT Packard, and Trane. Technology was not immune as Sun Microsystems cut staff.

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

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs for week ended 12/11/09:

Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles CA (5,000)
CTA, Chicago IL (1,000)
California Prison System, Various CA (900)
ATK Space Systems, Brigham City, Clearfield, Magna UT (800)
Ideal Mortgage Bankers, Melville NY (572)
Consol Energy, Bickmore WV (500)
Vestas. Windson CO (500 furloughed)
NetJets Aviation, Inc, Columbus OH (466)
GM Manufacturing, Mansfield OH (413)
Injex Industries Inc, Hayward CA (400)
Sun Microsystems, Various CA (353)
Georgia Pacific Corporation, Fordyce AR (340)
Cessna Aircraft Co, Columbus GA (315)
JT Packard & Associates, Inc, Verona WI (300)
Farmers Insurance Corporation (21st Century), Woodland Hills CA (343 YTD, 200 more announced)
Independence Blue Cross, Philadelphia PA (200)
IMG, Various (200)
Suntron Corp, Portland OR (190)
Trane Commercial Systems, Springhill LA (190)
Auto Truck Transport USA, Inc, Springfield OH (186)
Verizon Wireless, Longview TX (181)
St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan NYC NY (180)
The Journal News, White Plains NY (166)
Tobyhanna Army Depot, Tobyhanna PA (161)
KeyCorp, Cleveland OH (150)
Smuckers, West Fargo MN (141)
Weyerhaeuser Co, Warrenton OR (140)
CVS Caremark, Rockville MD (130)
Riverside Unified School District, Riverside CA (124)
The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co, Houston TX (121)
Commercial Vehicle Group Inc. Norwalk OH (CVGI) (120)
Gildan Activewear, Fort Payne AL (120)
Liz Claiborne Inc, NYC NY (115)
RJE Telecom, Brewster NY (100)
City of Minneapolis (100)
Tulsa Public Schools, Tulsa OK (up to 100)
Circulation Fulfillment Inc, Rockleigh NJ (97)
Putnam Investments, Boston MA (approx 96, or 5%)
Apria Healthcare, Inc, Tampa FL & Indianapolis IN (96)
U.S. FoodService, Streator IL (95)
Kehe Food Distributors Inc, San Antonio TX. (91)
Big Boy Restaurants International, Warren MI (88)
Merck & Co. Inc, Allentown PA (80)
Dolphin Cartage, Inc, Chicago IL (80)
Comcast, Manchester NH (77)
Filene's Basement, NYC NY (75)
Tekni-Plex (Swan Hose), Bucryus OH (72)
Assurant Solutions, Wayne PA (69)
Cardinal Logistics Management Corp, Arlington TX (64)
Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Co, Cleveland OH (63)
Wells Fargo, Roseville CA (62)
Brunner & Lay, Inc, Franklin Park IL (62)
CenterPoint Teleservices, Eliot ME (60)
City of Des Monies, Des Moines IA (55)
GMAC Financial Services, Charlotte NC (45)
The Livonia School District, Livonia MI (45)
Grand School District, Moab UT (up to 45 Layoffs)
Century Board Co, Panama City FL (43)
State of Indiana Motor Carrier Inspectors, Various IN Indiana (42)
MCLB, Albany GA (41)
School Specialty, Mansfield GA (40-50)
The American Petroleum Institute, Washington DC (40)
Stanley Works, New Britain CT (40)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee WI (39)
Harmonix, Cambridge MA (39)
Old Time Pottery, Inc, Dayton OH (33)
Sermo, Cambridge MA (30)
Greenspun Media Group, Las Vegas NV (30)
GTx Inc, Memphis TN (28% of Workforce)
Aspyr Media, Austin TX (50% of Workforce)

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Who's Hiring - Top employers week of 12-14-09
Who's Firing - Layoffs week ended 12-18-09

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