Mike: I hope you all had a fine weekend and thanks for visiting the new location of The Layoff List. 
Monday proved to be a busier day for international layoff announcements, which seems to be the case over the last few months of this blog’s life. US layoff announcements picked up the pace later in the day. Brown-Forman, the makers of Jack Daniles, had layoffs this day. Usually liquor sales keep up the pace, even in the face of recession, so this recession must be a beauty. The results of the Leading Economic indicators was worse than expected, which doesn’t bode well for a quick recovery.
I hate ending a post on a sour note, so why not pay a visit to a more cheerful, yet informative, unemployment site like: 

I plan to do the same and also get a few laughs from The Daily Show. Till Tuesday………………..

The following story showed that TX governor Rick Perry’s grandstanding at the expense of the unemployed didn’t deter the state senate from passing the inclusion of additional unemployment funds from the federal stimulus package. I wrote how bizarre was Gov. Perry’s stance of wanting to refuse unemployment funding a couple weeks ago in: March 13 – Grandstanding Texas gov. rejects unemployment stimulus money
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — While Gov. Rick Perry is slamming Washington bailouts and excessive spending, his own state Senate defied his wishes and voted Thursday to accept $555 million in federal unemployment benefits. via The Associated Press: Texas Senate OKS stimulus money for unemployment.   Mike: Company CEOs probably don’t receive this level of testing and interviewing, but maybe if they did, we wouldn’t end up with CEOs that drive their company’s and the country’s financial system into the ground Of the 835 applicants, only 14 were interviewed. From the field of 14, Patron and five other men received second and final interviews last week. Before the interviews, a focus group evaluated 835 applications based on trades experience, complete information and professional — not personal — references, narrowing the field to 194 candidates. 

* Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:

Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News –   msft– Microsoft (MSFT) could be preparing for a fresh round of layoffs on top of already-announced reductions, one analyst is predicting.

  – The Oracle Corporation, the technology information company, announced Monday that it would acquire a rival, Sun Microsystems, for $9.50 a share, or about $7.4 billion.

General Economic News –   Leading Indicators [Report][Bullet10:00 AM ET

Washington, D.C. (AHN) – The Conference Board announced Monday that the index of leading economic indicators for the U.S. fell 0.3 percent, marking the ninth straight month of decline. The index, which is made up 10 indicators ranging from everything to building permits and interest rate spreads, is designed to forecast economic activity six to nine months out. The 0.3 percent March decline was steeper than the 0.2 percent economists had expected. Six of the 10 indicators made negative contributions to the index, while three were positive and one was flat. via Index Of Leading Economic Indicators Dips In March | AHN | April 20, 2009.

  ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________   Mike: The following Slate Magazine article presents a great interactive map showing job losses for counties throughout the US along with a timeline. The color changes will dismay most…………… – The economic crisis, which has claimed more than 5 million jobs since the recession began, did not strike the entire country at once. A map of employment gains or losses by county tells the story of how those job losses first struck in the most vulnerable regions and then spread rapidly to the rest of the country.

via An interactive map of vanishing employment across the country. – By Chris Wilson – Slate Magazine .   Mike: Companies that abuse layoff regulations has been a complaint of mine since I started this blog. I’ve written about this issue previously and the article below gives an explanation of why many businesses don’t properly report layoffs.  If a company lays off 50 workers a week for 10 weeks instead of 500 workers all at once, there’s a lot less media fanfare and companies aren’t required to follow stricter layoff rules. It’s a continuation of corporate game playing at the expense of the employee and accurate unemployment data

With the economy weakening, chief executives want Wall Street to see them as tough cost-cutters who are not afraid to lay off workers. But plenty of job cuts are not trumpeted in news releases. Big companies also routinely carry out scattered layoffs that are small enough to stay under the radar, contributing to an unemployment rate that keeps climbing, but that is not always truly reflected in jobs reports. via Layoffs done piecemeal enable companies to skirt the law – Salt Lake Tribune.

  – With below-normal precipitation, many in the Central Valley have let their fields go fallow this spring. In March, the state projected that because of the drought as many as 23,700 full-time workers would go without jobs, and farmers would lose up to $477 million in revenue.

via Hundreds Protest Cuts in Water in California – NYTimes.com.     

Mike Luckovich - Apr 19

Mike Luckovich - Apr 19

Mike: It’s getting to the point where I’m not sure whom I trust least; the government or corporations: – U.S. manufacturers, including major drugmakers, have legally released at least 271 million pounds of pharmaceuticals into waterways that often provide drinking water — contamination the federal government has consistently overlooked, according to an Associated Press investigation.

via AP IMPACT: Tons of released drugs taint US water.   – So many pitches seem so enticing: “I paid $2.99 and got $12,000. Claim yours!””Would you like to earn an extra $200, $900 or even $5,000 everyday! For just 45 minutes work!” “New mortgage with low payments!” 


Government Layoff News –   – The city has laid off two full-time and five part-time library employees.

via 7 lose jobs at Cedar Rapids library | GazetteOnline.com – Cedar Rapids, Iowa City.   – Powers and other board members expect more than 15 teachers will be laid off, but final numbers have not been determined. The teachers receiving those notices will be those hired most recently. 

via Teacher layoffs coming in Brighton | livingstondaily.com | Livingston Daily.   – Quincy School Board President Tom Dickerson said the district has met its goal to reduce the budget by about $2 million after announcing the release of 15 support staff this morning

via Quincy Herald Whig.   – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) New Mexico’s athletics department is imposing a 10 percent budget cut on each of its teams but athletic director Paul Krebs says it shouldn’t affect competitiveness. 


US and some Canada Layoff News –   gm– DETROIT (AP) — About 1,600 workers at General Motors Corp. will lose their jobs in the next few days as the troubled automaker accelerates cost cuts in order to qualify for more government aid.

via GM exec says 1,600 will lose jobs in next few days – Yahoo! Finance.   Mike: While we continue to pour billions of taxpayer dollars into these failed companies, these same companies dismiss US workers and spend billions in other countries. Growing offshore is important and other countries deserve to better themselves, but these companies should be forced to pay back the American taxpayer before they spend those billions offshore. When American companies destroy their US businesses, layoff tens of thousands and then rob the treasury, it’s time we take noticegm1– April 20 (Bloomberg) — General Motors Corp., shuttering U.S. plants in a bid to avoid bankruptcy, is “likely” to build a new factory in China on surging demand. 

“Operations in China are profitable and in the future China can finance its own growth,” Nick Reilly, the company’s Asia-Pacific president, said at the Shanghai auto show today. He didn’t give a timeframe for the new plant. via GM ‘Likely’ to Build in China as U.S. Factories Close (Update1) – Bloomberg.com .   jack-daniels– LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Liquor company Brown-Forman Corp. has announced plans to reduce its work force by about 250 employees. It’s part of a cost-cutting move expected to save $15 million to $25 million in the next fiscal year. 

via The Associated Press: Liquor company Brown-Forman to cut 250 jobs.   – ANDERSON COUNTY — Robert Bosch Corp. announced Monday that 225 workers from its North Charleston plant would be laid off, but a spokeswoman said there was no announcement for the Anderson Bosch plant. 

  – Apr. 19–Business jet manufacturer Dassault Falcon, citing order cancellations spurred by the bad economy, cut 25 positions Friday from its workforce of about 400 at its Teterboro Airport facility, a company spokesman said.

  – Mac Cooper, president and chief executive officer, provided few details about the layoffs, saying that the number of employees affected was “less than 25.”

“We had our first real layoff in 34 years this past Tuesday,” Cooper wrote in an e-mail. “Obviously, we didn’t do this lightly or without great thought, as it’s painful for all.” via Franklin Co. business has first layoffs in decades – Roanoke.com.   – Legg Mason Inc. has laid off 40 workers, including five in its Baltimore headquarters. 

via Legg Mason cuts 40 jobs, 5 in Baltimore: bizjournals.com Business News – MSN Money.   – layoffs totaling about 60 people have occurred at the BHS Home Appliances Corp. plant in Jacksboro and at the JTEKT North America automotive plant in Vonore. 

via Jacksboro, Vonore companies cut 60 jobs : Business : Knoxville News Sentinel.   – For 79 more Team Industries employees, Friday will be their last day of work. 

via Team Industries lays off 79 more workers |  Park Rapids Enterprise  | Park Rapids, Minnesota .   – 26 employees at Hinckley Yachts are expected to be laid off within the week, and company officials say if the economy doesn’t improve, they may have to shut down their Trenton plant altogether. 

via More Layoffs at Hinckley Yachts – WABI TV5.   – The layoffs are underway at Graphic Packaging in Cantonment as the company begins the process of closing the facility, a process that will eventually cost up to 243 people their jobs. 

via Layoffs Begin At Packaging Plant : NorthEscambia.com.   – Tele Atlas says the cuts will come over the next seven months. The company plans to cut 140 jobs in North America, 120 of them in Lebanon

via VPR News: Lebanon company announces layoffs.   – Friday afternoon, company representatives told gathered workers that the city’s plant will close permanently this summer, a move that will idle 330 workers, including 259 production workers. 

via CD workers in Richmond hit with 330 layoffs | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star .   – Market research firm IDC on Friday said it is cutting 82 workers in the United States, or 5 percent of its worldwide staff “due to the impact of the economic recession”. 

via Analysis firm IDC cuts 5 percent of staff : News : Business – ZDNet Asia.   united– United Airlines plans to lay off 47 employees at Indianapolis International Airport starting June 16, the airline told the state of Indiana in a job-cut filing. 

via United to lay off 47 at Indy airport | IndyStar.com | The Indianapolis Star .   – HOLLYWOOD — On the heels of declining dues and investment losses, the Screen Actors Guild has announced plans to cut 35 jobs from its staff of 440 employees. 

via SAG to cut 35 jobs – Entertainment News, Business News, Media – Variety.   hospital– Park Nicollet Health Services said Monday it is cutting 233 jobs, the second big round of layoffs in less than five months at the St. Louis Park-based hospital and clinic chain. 

via Park Nicollet Health Services cutting 233 jobs.   hospital1– Hundreds of people who work at the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans will lose their jobs next year. 

Board members say the facility is over-staffed and they’re planning to let about 3-hundred people go. via LSU Hospital Job Cuts.



International Layoff News –     thyssenkrupp– FRANKFURT, April 19 (Reuters) – German steel and industrial conglomerate ThyssenKrupp (TKAG.DE) plans to cut 4,000 jobs and introduce a leaner management structure, German newspaper Welt am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

The new measures, to be presented at a group executive board meeting on Monday, are more far-reaching than steps unveiled by Chief Executive Ekkehard Schulz on March 27, Welt am Sonntag said without revealing where it had obtained the information. via UPDATE 1-ThyssenKrupp plans more job cuts-report | Industries | Industrials, Materials & Utilities | Reuters .

  eircom– EIRCOM HAS told its trade unions that it wants to cut 1,250 jobs from its 7,500-strong workforce over the next 18 months as part of a series of measures aimed at achieving savings of about €130 million a year in its cost base.

via Eircom tells unions of plan to cut 1,250 jobs in restructuring – The Irish Times – Sat, Apr 18, 2009.   – ECI Telecom Ltd. today announced that it is firing 50 employees in Israel and 50 more overseas. The layoffs are part of the company’s strategic business development plan and effort to adapt to the global crisis. 

via ECI cuts jobs, salaries.   – Two of the most recognisable senior executives at well known beer company Red Stripe, are among 20 employees who parent company Diageo Red Stripe announced Friday would be made redundant, in what it calls an organisational redesign of its regional operations. 

via Red Stripe to cut 20 employees June 30 – JamaicaObserver.com.   – Two former employees of Montaplast say 80 employees – possibly 100 – have been laid off in recent weeks. 

via State-Journal.com – Former employees: 80 laid off at Montaplast.   – Twenty jobs, or a fifth of the workforce, are to go at a Derry call centre by June. via 20 jobs to go at Gem – Derry Today .   – AMP Group has announced further redundancies, with the loss of around 40 roles across the AMP Capital Investors (AMP) division. 

via AMP Capital Investors cuts 40 jobs .   – Finnish postal operator, Itella, said the global economic downturn and structural changes within the postal industry has forced it to make 390 permanent employees redundant

via Finnish Post And Logistics – Itella To Shed Jobs.   – Estate agent Lisney has laid off 12 more staff in Dublin as activity in the property market hit an ‘‘all-time low’’. 

via Sunday Business Post | Irish Business News.   – To close French facility, cutting about 210 jobs 

via UPDATE 1-Schweitzer-Mauduit to cut 210 jobs in France | Industries | Industrials, Materials & Utilities | Reuters .   – Seventy-five jobs will be cut from Northern Ireland’s bus and rail services next year, the Minister for Regional Development has confirmed. 

via BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | 75 bus and train jobs to be cut.   – WiMAX developer Alvarion (Nasdaq: ALVR; TASE: ALVR) plans cutbacks that include laying off some 50 employees, most of them in Israel. 

via Alvarion plans layoffs.   ubs– Switzerland’s largest bank, fired about 10 equity research analysts and economists in Tokyo in the first round of cuts to its research business in Japan, two people familiar with the plan said. 

via UBS Said to Fire 10 Equity Research Staff in Japan (Update1) – Bloomberg.com .   gavel– Herbert Smith has announced a redundancy consultation, with up to 84 positions facing the axe, it was announced today (20 April). 

via Herbert Smith to freeze pay and cut up to 84 jobs – Legal Week, legal news, comment, events and legal jobs.   – Rumaiz Mohideem, acting general manager and head of finance at DIT Group, told Arabian Business all 40 of the firm’s employees were laid off on Sunday. 


Hiring News and News You Can Use –   – Although the hospital laid off eight people as part of a network-wide reduction in January, Banner Thunderbird plans to hire 350 employees this year.

Up to 800 new hires are expected by the time the $289 million expansion is completed in 2011. At that point, the nonprofit hospital will be the fifth-largest in the state, with 563 beds. via New hospital tower brings 350 new jobs to Glendale.   – EAST TROY (WKOW) — Alpine Valley Music Theater is looking to hire more than 1,000 people for its summer concert series. Granted — the jobs are seasonal and part-time — but in a recession, any kind of job growth is a huge encouragement. 

via Alpine Valley to hire 1,000 workers – WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports –.   – That’s the rub of the emerging green economy: Its potential is widely praised, yet real-life opportunities for job seekers have been elusive. There are questions about how many new positions are really being created, and there’s no unified timeline for the industry’s growth. 

via Where are eco-friendly jobs?.   – The stimulus package will put 650,000 construction workers back on the job, according to the Associated General Contractors of America. 

via Stimulus package will pay for 650,000 construction jobs, group says – Related Stories – AGC SmartBrief.   deere– Deere & Co., citing an increase in orders at its hard-hit construction-equipment sector, said Monday that the company has recalled 68 of the workers laid off at its John Deere Davenport Works. 

via Deere bringing back 68 employees at Davenport Works — chicagotribune.com.   – Forty seasonal positions are being created through the Minnesota Conservation Corps (MCC) for summer trail work in the Superior National Forest. 

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