Sunday, January 31, 2010

Who's Firing – Layoffs for week ended 1-29-10

Who's Firing is a weekly survey of organizations announcing (or rumoring) layoffs for the week ended 1/29/10.

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 Telecommunications, Retail, Pharmaceutical, Technology, Government and Manufacturing 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 1/25/10. It is interesting to note that while Federal hiring is on the rise, a number of State and Local governments continued to face cutbacks for over the past quarter, led by the NYPD & NYC libraries job cuts.

Telecommunications led layoffs this week, as Verizon announced layoffs of 13,000 people in its land line business. Retail also announced major cutbacks, as WalMart’s Sam’s Club announced layoffs of over 11,000 employees due to outsourcing of store product sampling. In addition, Macy’s announced 1,500 job cuts, Home Depot cut 1,000 corporate positions, and J.C. Penny cut 252 due to store closure.

Pharmaceuticals continue to be hard hit by layoffs, as Johnson & Johnson announced 8.000 layoffs. Oracle announced less than 2,000 layoffs when it merges with Sun, which was significantly less than expected.

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

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs for the week ended 1/29/10:

Verizon Communications Inc., Various US (13,000)
WalMart Stores Inc. (Sam's Club), Various US (11,200)
Johnson & Johnson, New Bruswick NJ & Verious US (8,000)
Oracle, Palo Alto CA (less then 2,000)
Macy's Dept. Store, Various US (1,500)
NYPD, NYC NY (1,300)
Home Depot Inc, Altanta GA (1,000)
Cincinnati Bell Inc, Cincinnati OH (900)
West Corp, Hampton VA (450)
Electric Boat, Groton CT (434)
Sitel Corp, Memphis TN (426)
ATK, Clearfield UT (380)
AEES Inc, Farmington Hills MI (372)
Time Warner Cable, Denver CO (350)
Harleysville National Bank, Harleysville PA (300)
U.S. Bank Illinois, Chicago IL, Oak Park IL, Oakbrook Terrace IL (261)
NYC Libraries, NYC NY (255)
J.C. Penney Corp, Midlothian VA (252)
Honeywell International Inc.’s Safety Products Division, Morris Township NJ (245)
Verizon Wireless, Lexington KY (241)
Zeledyne LLC, Tulsa OK (210)
Fuji Film, Tullahoma TN (201)
AFSCME, Various IL (200)
Tellabs, Naperville IL (200)
Trane, Ft. Smith AR (200)
Carrier Corp, Syracuse NY (167)
ArcelorMittal, Morgantown WV (171) Barclaycard US, Wilmington DE (150)
Medica, Minnetonka MN (150)
Iberdrola USA, Portland ME (140)
Owens Illinois, Charlotte MI (137)
Advanced Medical Imaging, San Antonio TX (136)
Borders Group Inc, Ann Arbor MI (124)
Honeywell Hobbs, Springfield IL (120)
Cemex Inc, Davenport CA (120)
RC Cola-7UP, Buena Park CA (119)
Cardinal Health Plans, Findlay OH (115)
CommScope Incorporated, Omaha NE (110)
Connectivity Solutions, Omaha NE (110)
Indiana State University, Terre Haute IN (108)
Fujifilm, Terrell TX (104)
Aerial Machine and Tool Corp, Ararat VA (100)
Bombardier Learjet, Wichita KS (100)
The Eastern Maine Medical Center, Bangor ME (100)
CBS News, Various US and international (less than 100)
Bank of America, Lincoln RI (99)
Source Interlink Co, Brooklyn NY (83)
The Berry Co, Hudson, OH (81)
GE Lighting Mahoing Glass Plant, Niles OH (80)
Bay Area Rapid Transit, San Francisco CA (74)
Berryville Graphics, Berryville VA (68)
TTX, North Augusta SC (67)
Ryder Logistics and Transportation, Jacksonville FL (67)
Berry Plastic Corp, Doswell VA (66)
Power Partners, Athens GA (65)
WellPoint, Alexandria VA (60)
Trane, Clarksville TN (59)
Ingram Content Group, LaVergne TN (57)
Auto Warehousing Co, Tacoma WA (55)
Auto Warehousing Co, Portland OR (55)
TTX Co, Jacksonville FL (51)
Modine Manufacturing Co, Harrodsburg KY (50)
Highland Park Michigan school district, Highland Park MI (48)
Grand Rapids MI (45)
Yolo County, Davis CA (44)
Central Maine Power, Portland ME (40)
Townsend Bay Marine, Port Townsend WA (40)
Meta Financial Group, Sioux Falls SD (40)
Residential Resources Inc, Peru NY (39)
Apria Healthcare, Minster OH (33)
Crenlo, Rochester MN (33)
St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale PA (30)
Red 5 Studios, Irvine CA (30)

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Readers – If you know of employers announcing significant layoff plans, or employers reducing large numbers of employees, please comment below to add to this list.

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1 comment:

CG said...

jack morton worldwide (part of interpublic group of companies) announced a lay-off 25 in Gaithersburg, MD on 1/25/10, effective Apr-May.