Mike: The layoff announcements continue to come this evening. I’ll post any large scale layoffs tonight. I also urge The Layoff List readers to send along any job cuts that I miss and any inside information you may have about potential layoffs:



Microsoft/Google/IBM and other News & Rumors


* January 12, 2009 (Computerworld) Oracle Corp. made “major” cuts in its global workforce on Friday and more are expected to come, say multiple sources and news reports.

Sales staff and consultants working for Oracle in North America were hit hard, say sources, as well as employees who had joined Oracle recently through its acquisitions of Hyperion Solutions Corp. and BEA Systems Inc.

The number of people let go on Friday is unclear. Tim Klasell, an analyst with Thomas Weisel Partners, told Computerworld he thought the layoffs were likely to be in the hundreds or low thousands, rather than the 8,000-figure buzzing about on some blogs and message boards.

via Sources: ‘Major’ layoffs at Oracle, more to come.


Mike: Microsoft layoff rumors have quieted over the past few days as the company concentrates it’s energies on Windows 7 release. I’m still running XP, but I certainly hope 7 is a better product than Vista:


* Microsoft issued an apology Saturday for the delays in downloading the Windows 7 beta, and said it would make available an unlimited number of beta downloads and keys for the next two weeks.

“I know many of you had issues with the Windows 7 beta site of the last 24 hours,” Brandon LeBlanc, a Windows communications manager, wrote in a blog post. “As you may have noticed the download site has been up and running smoothly since this morning. That said, we apologize for the inconvenience that it caused some of you.”

via Microsoft Apologizes, Adds Unlimited Win7 Beta – News and Analysis by PC Magazine.


* Reports that Microsoft could be laying off thousands of employees this month continue to swirl around the tech world, as the company nears its January 22 earnings call.

Will they? Well, Microsoft is in the same downturn as everyone else. That said, the company has a history of not cutting workers during the downtimes.

via Microsoft Layoff Rumors Still Swirling All Eyes on Jan. 22: Tech Ticker, Yahoo! Finance.


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* Another 135 people have lost their jobs, albeit temporary ones, at IBM Corp. in Poughkeepsie.

Manpower Inc. has laid off people who were assigned to work at IBM Corp., according to a filing by Manpower with the state Department of Labor.

via 135 temp jobs at IBM end | PoughkeepsieJournal.com | Poughkeepsie Journal.


* Motorola may cut as much as half of the jobs in its handset division as early as this week, as the struggling mobile devices division continues to falter, according to a report in Phone Scoop.

The company’s other divisions, including home and networks and enterprise devices, will not be affected by the layoffs, according to the report. The company also plans on pulling out of the CTIA trade show in April and on trimming the number of devices it brings to market down to about a dozen per year. The only smartphones the company will release will be based on Google’s Android platform.

via Rumor Mill: Massive layoffs may be coming for Motorola – FierceWireless.


* In the final week of December, Motorola disclosed with the SEC that it will cut an additional 400 jobs on top 1,500 already announced, but our friends over at PhoneScoop are reporting that Motorola (NYSE: MOT) is gearing up to make much more significant job cuts, which may include up to 50 percent of the entire handset division. In addition, Motorola is not planning on having a booth at CTIA Wireless in April, and that going forward it will only deliver about a dozen handsets a year. The only smartphones that it will produce will use Google’s Android operating system. A spokeswoman declined to comment, saying the company doesn’t comment on rumors.


General Economic News


* “We are in an extremely heavy workload period due to the increase of new claims being filed.” That’s the message Kimberly Magnan kept hearing over and over.

“It took me two weeks in order to actually get a hold of somebody and that was hanging up and dialing,” said Magnan.

Like thousands of others, Magnan was just trying to file an unemployment claim.

“I’m a mom and you need that money, that’s your only source of income. You need that money,” Magnan said.

via Unemployment line still backed up | KY3 | Local .


Mike: Steal a pair of jeans and you get time in the slammer, steal $50 billion you get sweet freedom in your penthouse:


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* (CBS/AP) A judge allowed disgraced investor Bernard Madoff to remain free on bail Monday, rejecting an attempt by prosecutors to send him to jail for mailing more than $1 million in jewelry to family and friends over the holidays.

The judge’s decision leaves accused swindler in his $7 million penthouse to await trial while investors like Larry Leif, who says he was cheated out of his life savings, are outraged, reports CBS News correspondent Randall Pinkston.

via Madoff To Remain Free On Bail In Penthouse, NYC Judge Imposes More Restrictions On Disgraced Investor But Rejects Bid By Prosecutors To Send Him To Jail – CBS News.



* BEIJING (AP) — China’s trade slump worsened in December as exports fell at their fastest rate in a decade amid global economic turmoil, government data showed Tuesday, aggravating a decline that has fueled a wave of layoffs and fears of unrest.

December exports fell 2.8 percent from the same month a year earlier, after a 2.2 percent decline in November, the Chinese customs agency said. China’s global trade surplus last year rose 12.7 percent over 2007 to a record $295.5 billion, possibly worsening tensions with the government of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama.

via China’s trade slump worsens in December – Yahoo! Finance


* As the recession bites deeper, vendors are beginning to feel the pinch and are cutting staff.

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is reported to have trimmed one percent of its workforce, which totals 85,000 worldwide.

Meanwhile, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) is reported to have laid off more than 5,000 contract workers, and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is said to be planning cuts of 10 to 17 percent of its employees, for the first time ever.

Analysts expect more companies to trim their workforce because many payrolls are bloated.

via InternetNews Realtime IT News – Tech Companies Begin Trimming Head Counts.


Mike: A short recap of today’s business headlines:




Municipal News


* RENO – The Sparks City Council Monday approved new budget cuts that will lead to 35 city employees being laid off.

No police officers or firefighters are included in those layoffs.

via Sparks Layoffs Become Official / Northern Nevada, Reno, Lake Tahoe, News Now, Live Streaming Darren Mack Trial .


* HAMILTON — Pink slips are going out to a dozen employees at Butler County Job and Family Services due to budget cuts at the state and federal levels.

This means long lines at the agency tasked with helping residents with job and income assistance could soon become longer as the need for such programs increases amid a recession.

via County layoffs impact services to poor.


* Local legislators, Democrat and Republican alike, are calling Maine Gov. John Baldacci’s 2010-11 biennial budget a good first step toward what all are calling a challenging, difficult time for Maine state government.

Baldacci on Friday unveiled a $6.1 billion budget to make up an $830 million shortfall. The budget involves cutting hundreds of state jobs, increasing fees — including fees to lobstermen — trimming funding from higher education, sending more than 100 state prisoners to private prisons out of state, and requiring some state employees to pay a portion of health care cost.

via Maine’s budget: cut jobs, up fees.


* Mount Carmel Health System plans to announce work-force cuts today that apparently will rely more heavily on the elimination of vacant positions than layoffs.

Janice Piscitelli, Mount Carmel spokeswoman, said last night that she couldn’t discuss any employment changes until today.

Pressed for details, she said she wouldn’t describe the cuts as layoffs but rather as a “work-force reduction.”

via The Columbus Dispatch : Mount Carmel system to cut vacant jobs, employees.


* ROSEVILLE, CA – Despite two years of cost-cutting, the city of Roseville says it will begin making buyout offers to reduce its workforce by 40 to 50 positions.

via Roseville to Cut 40 to 50 Jobs | News10.net | Sacramento, California | Local News .


* Members of the Acton-Boxborough Regional and Acton Public school committees agreed to an $853,700 first round of cuts outlined by Superintendent Bill Ryan at their Jan. 8 meeting. Those cuts include reductions in special education programs, supplies and one teacher being laid off.

Ryan has also asked officials at each of the Acton public and Acton-Boxborough regional schools to outline a total of $950,000 in additional cuts. That number is likely to come heavily from staff layoffs, Ryan said.

via Schools to cut $1.8 million – Acton, MA – The Beacon.


US and some Canada News –


* Cost Plus Inc. on Monday identified the 26 underperforming stores it plans to close and eight media markets it will leave.

On Friday the specialty home retailer also said it would cut 18 percent of the staff in its home office and distribution center. Cost Plus had 808 corporate office and distribution employees as of Feb. 2, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The company had 2,719 full-time and 3,986 part-time employees at the time.

via Cost Plus to close 26 stores, exit 8 media markets – BusinessWeek.


* Human Resources representative Rick Small says ADO International in Spartanburg had to lay off workers because of the economy. Small says they had to outsource some of the jobs that were in fabrication.

via Employees Laid Off At Spartanburg Plant | WSPA.


* Stung by a drop in income from all sources — donations as well as sales — the Cincinnati Art Museum has laid off seven staff members, or about 4 percent of its staff.

via Cincinnati Art Museum Lays Off Seven Staffers.


* VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) The Westchester Medical Center said Monday it will close a nursing home and cut 400 jobs to deal with reductions in Medicaid and other funding.

via cbs3.com – New Jersey Wire .


* Gates Canada Inc., Denver, CO, will close its London, Ontario, Canada power transmission facility as a result of declining sales volumes, continued pricing pressures and higher raw material costs.

The Company plans to transition a portion of its operations to its facility in Windsor, Ontario by the end of the second quarter of 2009. Full closure of the facility is expected by December 2009 to allow for completion of production to meet customer requirements. There are 179 associates at the London facility.

via Gates Canada Closing London, Ontario, Facility.


* Nearly 300 manufacturing layoffs were announced Monday across Indiana, adding to the 30,000 job cuts the sector has handed the state in the past year.

In Indianapolis, Color-Box will shed 74 jobs at its cardboard-packaging plant, according to filings with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.

via Indy packaging plant leads list of layoffs | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star .


* Little Falls boat manufacturers Larson, Glastron and Seaswirl will lay off employees this week, President Al Kuebelbeck said Monday. Larson, Glastron and Seaswirl are divisions of Genmar Industries.

He would not say how many employees the company is laying off because that decision is not yet final. They will know by the end of the week, he said.

via Layoffs planned for Little Falls boat plants | sctimes.com | St. Cloud Times.


* Protocol Integrated Direct Marketing plans to close its Cheshire call center at the end of March and lay off more than 160 workers, company officials said.

“This is a full facility closure,” said Phil Luquette, the company’s human resources director. “This will be a permanent layoff. There will be no transfer or bumping rights.”

via Layoffs: Direct Marketing Call Center To Close — Courant.com.


* EL PASO — Valcent Products Inc., which is developing biofuel from algae and a vertical farming system at its Upper Valley test facility, has laid off 19 people as part of cost-cutting and restructuring, company officials said.

via Valcent restructures, lays off 19: more layoffs could follow – El Paso Times.


* YANKTON, S.D. (AP) A Yankton company has laid off 15 employees because of the downturn in the economy.

MtronPTI said it needed to cut the positions because of drop-offs in orders from its main customers in the telecommunications industry.

via Yankton company cites economy for 15 layoffs | KXNet.com North Dakota News.


* HAMPTON — What officials called “a significant layoff” occurred at Foss Manufacturing on Friday, Jan. 9. The layoffs represented an attempt by Foss owners to bring the company in line with current economic conditions, said Chief Operating Officer Bill Cummings.

An individual who identified himself only as one of the workers laid off Friday, indicated that a total of 114 Foss employees were told there were no jobs for them. Cummings said that number was a bit high, but would not comment on the exact number of workers who were laid off other than to say it was “significant.

via ‘Significant’ layoffs at Foss Manufacturing.


* Jan 13 (Reuters) – U.S. Time Warner Inc’s (TWX.N) Warner Bros is asking its departments to cut their budgets by at least 10 percent, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday, citing people in the company who are familiar with the plans.

The cuts could mean layoffs of more than 100 employees, the agency said.

via Warner Bros plans 10 pct budget cut – AP | Markets | Markets News | Reuters .


* Lebanon — Nineteen employees were laid off from St. John’s Hospital-Lebanon on Friday, the city’s latest victims of the economic downturn.

The hospital eliminated eight full-time and 11 part-time positions, and reduced additional staff hours effective Friday, said Karen Simpson, vice president of St. John’s Hospital — Lebanon.

via Nineteen lose jobs at St. John’s Hospital-Lebanon | News-Leader.com | Springfield News-Leader.


* CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – The slowdown in the construction industry has prompted a South Carolina company to eliminate 45 jobs at a cement plant.

Giant Cement Co. of Summerville said Monday it was eliminating the jobs at its plant in Harleyville. The 45 positions represent nearly a quarter of its 170 workers.

via Cement plants announces layoffs | WCBD.


* Quad Graphics, the Sussex, Wis., based commercial printer, is eliminating 550 jobs in five states, including 27 in Oklahoma City.

via Quad Graphics to cut 27 Oklahoma jobs.


* CHEROKEE – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel is facing job cuts for the first time in its 11-year history, company officials said on Monday.

The casino will reduce its workforce this year by 5 percent – or about 100 jobs. The company is making the cuts voluntary at first, with offers of severance to workers based on years of service.

via Harrah’s Cherokee cuts jobs | CITIZEN-TIMES.com | Asheville Citizen-Times.


* DANVILLE, Ill. – The Walgreens office in the east central Illinois city of Danville has offered voluntary retirement and severance packages to 140 local workers.

via 140 to lose jobs in Danville — chicagotribune.com.


* LEWISTON, Maine (AP) – Lewiston-based Geiger, the promotional products maker that’s best known as the publisher of the Farmers’ Almanac, has laid off about 8 percent of its work force.

About 30 of the company’s 400 workers lost their jobs. Those affected include managers and workers at company headquarters and field offices around the country.

via Maine-based almanac publisher announces layoffs | NECN.


* The downturn in the economy has forced the Billings Gazette newspaper to lay off eight employees.

via Montana’s News Station – Fair. Accurate. To the Point. -Billings Gazette announces layoffs.


* SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hutchinson Technology in Sioux Falls followed through with layoff plans and let 275 workers go Monday — almost half its work force.

via Hutchinson Technology in Sioux Falls cuts 275 — chicagotribune.com.


* EXETER, N.H. (AP) Osram Sylvania is laying off 35 workers at its Exeter, N.H., lighting plant.

A spokeswoman says the company hopes another 15 employees will take several months off voluntarily, or else more will have to be laid off.

via wbztv.com – New Hampshire Wire .


* St. Joseph’s Hospital has cut 20 positions and reduced some staff hours, citing the economic downturn.

via Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia News and Sports – State News – Parkersburg hospital cuts 20 jobs, cites economy .


* Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — Shane Co., the family-owned jewelry retailer with 23 stores in 14 states, sought bankruptcy court protection blaming “disappointing” holiday sales and a “grim” outlook on the deepening U.S. recession.

via Bloomberg.com: News


* HENDERSON, Ky. — Dana Corp.’s truck axle plant has laid off 45 workers indefinitely and has another 50 on a voluntary layoff through the end of this week, a company spokesman confirmed Monday.

via Dana lays off 45 from Henderson, Ky., plant : Local : Evansville Courier Press.


* Engine maker Cummins Inc. said Tuesday it will cut 800 employees worldwide by the end of February and freeze salaries for the rest of the year in response to lower sales.

Cummins (nyse: CMI – news – people ) said the cuts will be accomplished through buyout offers for certain employees and layoffs. In addition, the company said it will reduce its officers’ salaries by 10 for the year.

via Cummins to cut work force by 800, freeze salaries – Forbes.com.


* The Columbus, Ind. maker of fuel systems and controls will also reduce executive salaries by 10% this year and freeze other wages.

Combined with its previous actions taken in December, Cummins (CMI:

25.95, -0.23, -0.9%) will have reduced its professional workforce by more than 1,400 people or 10%.

via Cummins to lay off 800 more workers, freeze pay – MarketWatch .


* Lexmark has announced a 2009 restructuring plan that will affect 375 jobs at the company.

A news release on the company’s website says a weak performance in the fourth quarter is the reason for the job cuts.

via – Lexmark Cuts 375


* Jan 13 (Reuters) – Neurobiological Technologies Inc (NTII.O) said it suspended further development of Viprinex, its treatment for acute ischemic stroke, and would cut about 75 percent of its workforce.

via UPDATE 1-Neurobiological ends stroke drug development, cuts jobs | Industries | Healthcare | Reuters .


* Motiva Enterprises laid off some contract workers involved in the crude oil expansion project, spokeswoman Verna Rutherford said Tuesday.

Rutherford said she did not know the number of people affected because the contractors have that information, but she did say there still are more than 2,500 contract workers on the project.

via Motiva announces layoffs on its expansion project >> www.beaumontenterprise.com – Local.


* CEDAR FALLS — The slumping world economy has struck close to home with the announcement of cutbacks at Viking Pump in Cedar Falls.

The company was established in Cedar Falls in 1912 but became a subsidiary of Northbrook, Ill.-based IDEX Corp. in 1989 through a series of buyouts.

Viking officials would not provide details about the nature of the personnel cutbacks or the numbers involved.

via WCFcourier.com – Waterloo and Cedar Falls Iowa News Homepage | News » Breaking News.


* Neurobiological Technologies says that the late-stage data gathered so far on Viprinex doesn’t justify further research as a treatment for acute ischemic stroke and the developer immediately announced it would lay off 75 percent of its staff. The developer had already announced in December that it was suspending enrollment in the trial for Viprinex, saying that the data didn’t demonstrate any improvement for patients taking the therapy.

via Neurobiological Tech slashes majority of staff, shelves drug – FierceBiotech.


* EXETER, N.H. — Osram Sylvania is laying off 35 workers at its Exeter lighting plant.

A spokeswoman said the company hopes another 15 employees will take several months off voluntarily, or else more will have to be laid off.

via Osram Sylvania Laying Off Workers In Exeter – Money News Story – WMUR Manchester.


* CARLSBAD, Calif. — TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company (TMaG) announced a workforce reduction of 70 employees from across all areas of the company, a direct response to today’s uncertain global economic climate.

via TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company announces workforce reduction | World Golf News .


* PGT Inc. said Tuesday it was laying off another 10 percent of its workers as part of a restructuring to save more than $6 million a year.

The hurricane-resistant window and door maker did not specify how many people were let go, but with 1,500 workers prior to the announcement, the 10 percent cut would equate to 150. PGT listed 1,350 workers in its announcement of the cuts.

via PGT lays off another 10 percent of work force | HeraldTribune.com | Southwest Florida’s Information Leader.


* DALLAS — Neiman Marcus Inc. is cutting about 400 jobs across the country – including almost 100 people in the Dallas area – as part of an organizational review started six months ago.

via Hundreds of layoffs at Neiman Marcus | Latest News | WFAA.com .


* Heil officials said Tuesday it will lay off about 100 people this week primarily at its Fort Payne manufacturing facility.

Officials said the layoffs are due to cities’ budget cuts and the postponement of some planned capital equipment purchases both nationally and globally. The decision comes as the refuse collection vehicle manufacturer looks to reduce costs.

via The Times-Journal.


* TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Dozens of employees at Oral Roberts University started receiving word today that they will be laid off.

University spokesman Jeremy Burton says employees to be laid off will be notified throughout the day. He says ORU will release more information later today.

via KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo – AP NewsBreak: ORU begins layoffs.


* ING Groep NV said it will cut 72 Des Moines-area workers, part of 750 employees who will lose jobs nationwide.

Dana Ripley, an ING spokesman, said the insurer will notify workers this week about the cuts. In all, the Netherlands-based company employs about 1,100 local workers.

via Local Business Watch: Insurer ING to cut 72 workers in Des Moines | DesMoinesRegister.com | The Des Moines Register.


* TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Pfizer Inc., the world’s biggest drug company, is laying off up to 800 scientists this year in its latest effort to refocus disappointing research efforts and cut its massive overhead ahead of an anticipated crash in revenue.

New York-based Pfizer plans to reduce its global research staff — currently about 10,000 people — by 5 percent to 8 percent this year, company spokeswoman Kristen Neese said Tuesday

via Drugmaker Pfizer cutting up to 800 scientist jobs – Yahoo! Finance.


* Bank of America Corp., one of Charlotte’s largest employers, confirmed in a state filing that it is laying off approximately 139 workers in Ballantyne.

The workers are in a financial-advising unit called Preferred Services, which is aimed at middle-class investors and is reportedly being replaced by a comparable Merrill unit. The bank said in a Monday letter to Mayor Pat McCrory, which it is required to file, that notifications began Friday and that layoffs will be completed by March 10. One employee told the Observer that some workers were informed they were being let go on Friday and asked to leave immediately.

via BofA confirms 139 job cuts in Ballantyne | CharlotteObserver.com


* SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — Layoffs are in the offing at GE Healthcare in South Burlington, according to a statement released Tuesday by the company.

via GE Healthcare Announces Layoffs – News Story – WPTZ Plattsburgh.


* TACOMA, Wash. — KeyBank’s call center in Tacoma is being closed, and bank officials say 200 workers face layoffs this year.

via KeyBank national call center in Tacoma to close


* SAN FRANCISCO—Probe-card maker FormFactor Inc. Tuesday (Jan. 13) said it would reduce its workforce by 22 percent as part of a global reorganization and cost reduction plan.

A spokesperson for FormFactor said the reduction involved approximately 200 jobs. The company now has approximately 750 employees, most of which are based at company’s headquarters and manufacturing facility in Livermore, Calif., the spokesperson said.

via EETimes.com – FormFactor to cut workforce by 22%.


* Auto parts maker Superior Industries International Inc. (SUP: News ), Tuesday announced the closing of its manufacturing facility in Van Nuys, California, which would ultimately result in the elimination of 290 jobs or 9% of its total work force. Superior explained the move as to effort to pull it out of the unprecedented business downturn as a stronger, leaner company.


* Newell Rubbermaid announced Monday it will layoff 75 employees from the manufacturing facility in Winfield.

The company produces coolers, outdoor storage sheds and plastic storage shelving.

Rubbermaid said the layoffs are a result of a changed business climate for the goods manufactured there. It says its seen a decrease in sales because of the decline in consumer spending, combined with the seasonality of many of the products.

via – Winfield Rubbermaid Plant will Layoff Workers


* Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital has cut six jobs in an effort to improve efficiency in administrative services, a hospital official said.

via Brockton Hospital cuts 6 jobs – Brockton, MA – Wicked Local Brockton.


* JBS Swift & Co. has let go an unknown number of people from its corporate headquarters in west Greeley, and it’s probably a sign of the economic times impacting meat packers, an industry expert said Tuesday.

Steve Kay, publisher of Cattle Buyers Weekly, said he had not heard of the layoffs, but said such a move would not be a surprise, noting Tyson Foods laid off half a dozen or so senior management people in the last week.

via JBS Swift lays off corporate workers | Greeley Tribune.


* NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oracle Corp. has trimmed its workforce, but not as much as some people had speculated, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the newspaper said the software giant cut around 500 positions in its North American sales and consulting businesses on Friday.

via Software giant Oracle cuts 500 jobs: report | Reuters .


International News


* Northampton-based building materials company Travis Perkins has announced it is to cut 12 per cent of its workforce to reduce costs.

via 1,500 jobs to be cut at Travis Perkins – Northampton Chronicle and Echo .


* Cargotec has announced further plans to cut capacity at two of its Finnish plants, Tampere (Kalmar) and Raisio (Hiab). All 900 staff at the two plants will be subject to 90 day temporary layoffs.

via Cranes Today – More cuts at Cargotec.


* HONG KONG – Japanese brokerage Nomura Holdings Inc plans to shed another 80 jobs in the next few months in Asia, excluding Japan, sources familiar with the matter said.

via Business Spectator – Nomura to shed another 80 jobs in Asia, ex-Japan.


* Swedish-Finnish telecommunications operator TeliaSonera gave notice to 1,200 employees in Sweden on Monday as part of the firm’s ongoing “efficiency measures”.

via TeliaSonera announces job cuts in Sweden – The Local.


* Regional newspaper publisher Archant plans to cut as many as 20 jobs at its East Anglian Daily Times publishing centre in Ipswich.

via Archant to cut up to 20 jobs on Suffolk papers | Media | guardian.co.uk .


* LONDON: Financial services major Bank of America, which acquired Merrill Lynch recently, is considering to slash about 1,900 jobs from the

combined workforce in the UK, says a media report.

via BofA-Merrill Lynch may cut 1,900 jobs in UK: Report- International Business-News-The Economic Times.


* Australia’s metals industry suffered another round of production cutbacks as three major miners moth-balled operations and shelved expansion plans in an effort to cope with falling demand and prices.

via Business Spectator – Miners cut Australian output, shelve projec


* Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) — Home Retail Group Plc, the owner of Britain’s second-largest home-improvement chain, will cut 210 jobs at a distribution center in Manchester, England, to lower costs.

via Bloomberg.com: U.K. & Ireland.


* The largest employer in the north-western Queensland city of Mount Isa has announced it is cutting almost 150 jobs as a result of the global economic crisis.

via Xstrata to cut 150 Mount Isa jobs – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).


* Volvo Trucks has given notice to 1,020 workers in Sweden, the company announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Volvo sees truck deliveries tumble in November (16 Dec 08)

The truck maker’s Umeå plant is set to be hardest hit, with 610 new job cuts predicted on top of the 500 people who have already lost their jobs at the facility, according to union sources cited by Sveriges Television.

via Volvo plans fresh layoffs – The Local.


* British building materials distributor Travis Perkins plc cut 12 percent of its workforce after sales by volume slipped 25 percent, the Bloomberg news service reported.

via Travis Perkins lays off 12 percent of workforce – 1/13/2009 6:24:00 AM – Industrial Distribution.


* Redundancies at one of Limavady’s biggest employers, the Radisson SAS Hotel, is “devastating” for the town, Mayor Brenda Chivers has said.

The hotel opened in June 1995, and employs 180 staff.

“It’s just frightening,” said Mayor Chivers. “When is this going to stop; all these redundancies?”

via Radisson to cut jobs – Derry Today .


* HR jobs will be among 400 cut by a local authority, a senior official has revealed.

Earlier this week, Buckinghamshire County Council unveiled a plan to save £22m a year by March 2012 by reducing back office managers and support staff.

via Buckinghamshire County Council to cut 400 jobs – HR jobs at risk.


* LONDON (AP) — Barclays PLC will cut 2,100 jobs in its investment banking, fund management and private banking units in response to the global economic downturn, according to a person knowledgeable about the decision.

The cuts revealed Tuesday, representing about 7 percent of the bank’s global staff, are in line with layoffs by other major banking institutions in recent months.

via UK bank Barclays to cut 2,100 jobs due to downturn – Yahoo! Finance.


Hiring News


* As news of layoffs continue to grab headlines every day, one St. Louis company said it is hiring.

Online investment firm Scottrade, one of the fastest-growing companies in St. Louis, said Monday it’s looking to fill 50 open information technology positions through a career fair this week, according to Caroline Dybala, recruitment manager.

via Scottrade hiring 200 IT workers in 2009 – St. Louis Business Journal: .


* Starting next month, AirTran Airways will call 60 pilots back to work from furlough, in preparation of what the Orlando, FL-based low-cost carrier expects will be a busy summer travel season. The carrier is also hiring as many as 120 new flight attendants, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

via .:: Aero-News Network: The Aviation and Aerospace World’s Daily/Real-Time News and Information Service ::..


* Officials with the census bureau say they intend to hire 3,500 workers to conduct the 2010 census, including 800 in the Albuquerque area alone.

via KOB.com – Feds hiring for 2010 census .


Mike: The layoff announcements continue to come this evening. I’ll post any large scale layoffs tonight. I also urge The Layoff List readers to send along any job cuts that I miss and any inside information you may have about potential layoffs. On that note, I’ll leave you this day with a little humor. Have a good evening……………..



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