Friday, December 4, 2009

Whos Firing – Layoffs for weeks ended 11-27-09 and 12-04-09

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the weeks ended 11/27/09 and 12/4/09. 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 Retail, Defense, Tobacco, Manufacturing, Government, and Health Care 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 11/30/09. 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.

Retail companies announced significant layoffs this week, led by Penn Traffic announcing closures of grocery stores throughout upper New York State.

Defense cut jobs as the US Air Force, Lockheed Martin, and US Marine Corps Logistics Base announced layoffs, though Lockheed Martin has also been on the top hiring lists for the past month or more.

A number of manufacturing companies were laying off such as International Paper, Harley-Davidson, Cummins Engine, Peterbilt, and Engineered Plastic Components. Health Care companies including Sanofi-Aventis, UniCare, Pfizer, and Catholic Health System (CHS) St. Francis of Buffalo also cut staff, tough the Health Care vertical has been one of the most active in hiring for more than the past two months.

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

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs for weeks ended 11/27/09 and 12/4/09:

Penn Traffic Company, Upstate NY (4000+)
Air Force, Worldwide (3,700)
R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Winston-Salem NC (1,800)
International Paper, Albany OR, Pineville LA, Franklin VA (1,600)
Sanofi-Aventis, Various (up to 1,500)
Harley-Davidson, York PA (950)
Riverside County CA (800-1500)
Lockheed Martin, Cleveland OH (600)
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health Services (600)
UniCare, Chicago IL (500+)
Pfizer, Albany NY (414)
Sunoco, Westville NJ (400+)
Energy Conversion Devices, Rochester Hills MI (400)
Cummins Engine, Busti NY (400)
Marine Corps Logistic Base, Barstow CA (395)
Peterbilt, Madison TN (390)
City of Cincinnati (315)
Engineered Plastic Components (EPC), Mattawan MI (310)
Integrys Energy Group Inc, Brown County and De Pere WI (300-350)
Exelon Corp, Suburban Philadelphia PA (280)
StarTek, Victoria TX (269)
US Airways, LaGuardia NY (260)
Thomson Reuters Corp, Various (240)
Progress Software, Bedford MA (225+)
Talisman Energy, Various US & Canada (220)
La-Z-Boy, Rhea County TN (216)
Catholic Health System (CHS) St. Francis of Buffalo (200+)
Pfizer, Pearl River NY, (200)
Touchstone Wireless Repair and Logistics, Ft. Worth TX (200)
Dassault Falcon, Little Rock AR (200)
Sara Lee Corporation, Greenville SC (200)
Visteon, Indianapolis IN (187)
Lincoln Foodservice Products Inc, Ft. Wayne IN (190)
Montgomery County, Dayton OH (171)
FPL, Indiantown FL (170)
Southern Oklahoma Resource Center, Pauls Valley OK (163)
Trinity Rail Car, Longview TX (160)
Georgia Pacific, Green Bay WI (158)
Teleperformance USA, Dublin OH (151)
Port Authority of NY and NJ, NYC (150)
Owens, Inc, Shawano WI (150)
Washington Times, Washington DC (148)
CSAA (aka AAA), Walnut Creek CA (146)
MiddleBrook Pharmaceuticals Inc, Westlake TX and Various US (145)
Gamesa USA, Ebensburg PA (141)
Sollano County, CA (135)
Deere Inc., Cary NC (134)
CNH, Grand Island NE (128)
Kindred Hospital, Modesto CA (127)
City of Fresno, Fresno CA (125)
Con-Agra, FT. Worth TX (121)
Avid Technology Inc, Tewksbury MA (120)
Solano County, CA (118)
Hyosung, Scottsville VA (106)
Adidas/American Classic Outfitters, Perry NY (100+)
Blumenthal Mills Inc, Marion SC (100+)
Missouri DOT (100)
Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel, Las Vegas NV (100)
Chicago Park District, Chicago IL (up to 100)
CalPortland Co, Colton CA (94)
Ogilvy & Mather, NYC (90)
United Solar Ovonics, Greenville MI (90)
BlackRock Inc, San Francisco CA (89)
FirstCare Health, Amarillo, Harlingen, & Lubbock TX (88)
Forest Laboratories Inc, Commack NY (84)
City of Bossier, LA (83)
Abbott Laboratories, Temecula CA (80)
GTECH Corp, Providence RI & various (80)
Denver, CO (80)
Goodrich, Foley AL (78)
Western Dairy Transport, Portales NM (75)
Neiman Marcus Inc, Dallas TX (75)
Terex Load King, Elk Point SD (73)
City of River Rouge, MI (66)
City of Bossier, LA (60)
State of New Mexico (59)
Wyoming MI Public Schools (57)
City of Naperville, IL (up to 57)
City of Des Moines, IA (55)
ZymoGenetics, Seattle WA (52)
Shop Rite, Warminster PA (50)
Vulcan, Seattle WA (50)

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