Friday, December 18, 2009

Whos Firing – Layoffs week ended 12-18-09

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the week ended 12/18/09. 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 Business Services, Government, Manufacturing, Education, and Telecommunications 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 12/14/09. It is interesting to note that while Federal hiring is on the rise, a number of State and Local governments still continued to face cutbacks for over the past quarter.

Business services topped the layoff list this week, as they announced significant staff cuts over their worldwide operations, with many of the up to 3,000 job cuts taking place in their Stamford CT headquarters. Government also announced significant layoffs, with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority laying off 700 workers, the City of Tucson announcing layoffs of 300 employees, and San Diego CA and La Jolla CA each cutting 200.

Manufacturing cut jobs as the Smurfit-Stone container cut 600 staff positions in two locations, while AECOM cut 300, Volvo CE cut 228, and Cummins cut 212. Education continued to face significant layoffs this week due to lower real estate taxes, led by Prince George’s County MD schools who announced up to 490 layoffs.

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

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs for week ended 12/18/09:

Pitney Bowes Inc, Stamford CT and various locations (up to 3,000)
Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC NY (700)
Smurfit-Stone Container Corp, Ontonagon MI and Missoula MT (600)
Prince George's County MD School System (up to 490)
AT&T, Various FL (461)
Reynolds American, Various (400)
HD Supply Inc, Various (350)
City of Tucson AZ (300)
AECOM, Albany GA (300)
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), Asheville NC (228)
Cummins, Columbus IN (212)
City of San Diego CA (200)
City of La Jolla CA (200)
Verari Systems, San Diego CA (approx 200)
Suntron Corp, Newberg OR (190)
Paul Mueller Company, Springfield MO (150-250)
General Motors, Tonawanda NY (150)
Midland Forge, Cedar Rapids IA (150)
Mohawk, Eden NC (140)
Liberty Mutual, Gainesville GA (125)
First American Home Buyers Protection Co, Odessa TX (120)
Commercial Vehicle Group (CVG), Norwalk OH (120)
Agrium, Soda Springs ID (118)
Aramark, Norwell, MA (118)
Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC NY (116)
Hawthorne Army Depot, Hawthorne NV (113)
AmeriHealth Administrators, Jacksonville FL (111)
Esterline Haskon Aerospace, Taunton MA (100)
SCEA (Sony Computer Entertainment American), Foster City CA (100)
US Fidelis, Wentzville MO (up to 100)
NUMMI Suppliers (Toyota Logistics), Fremont CA (96)
City of Colorado Springs CO (93)
Nahan Printing, St. Cloud MN (approx 90)
Livonia MI Public Schools (83)
Intermet, Radford VA (76)
General Motors' Corvette Assembly Plant, Bowling Green KY (75)
Cardinal Logistics Management Corp, Arlington TX (64)
Progress Rail, Raceland KY (64)
Unilever, City of Industry CA (61)
CMC Joist & Deck, Hope AR (60)
SUNY, Potsdam NY (59)
Beaudry RV, Tucson AZ (51)
Trans State Airlines, St Louis MO (50)
Great Falls Clinic, Great Falls MT (up to 50)
Russell Stover, Abeline KS (46)
Utica NY Community Schools (43)
Utica Community Schools, Sterling Heights MI (43)
Minneapolis Police, Minneapolis MN (41)
General Electric, Fort Edward NY (32)
SPX Dielectric, Raymond ME (31)

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Related Articles:
Who's Hiring – Top employers week of 12-14-09
Whos Firing – Layoffs for weeks ended 11-27-09 and 12-04-09

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