Mike:  Good day to all and thanks for visiting the Layoff List.

I would like to know what you think of The Layoff List, so I can improve the site and make it more useful to you. Let me know if you want less of something or more of something. I could add a page for as many online job sites that I can find, or a page for training and education. I could add a page of historical unemployment/employment charts and graphs. Since this is currently a one person operation, I don’t have the time to add everything that I would like while still scouring the news feeds for layoff announcements. As a result, I need you help in suggesting items you want to add or want deleted.  Is there an employment/unemployment subject that you would like discussed or investigated? Please send your suggestions to mike@layofflist.org, or drop your suggestions in the comments area. Thanks!

Today is another light day for economic reports, but there are a couple of retails sales figures on tap. Onto the news of the day.

Mike: Here’s a story that makes me shake my head. I didn’t vote for Obama, but the guy inherited an absolute financial disaster from his predecessor. My problem with the “media skeptics” stories below have less to do with Obama and more to do with the pathetic media landscape. The media is skeptical of Obama’s claim that he plans to save or create 600,000 jobs. Sure, there may be some hyperbole to that statement, but the federal government is hiring something like 160,000 and from all the stories I’ve read, the stimulus has saved thousands of teacher and municipal jobs and the banking and auto bailouts probably saved thousands of jobs that would have been lost with a sudden uncontrolled bankruptcy. Does that total 600,000? I’m not sure, but for the media to be skeptical about this claim leaves me skeptical.

I am skeptical of most mainstream media since they weren’t skeptical of WMD or the Iraqi threat to the US.  They weren’t skeptical of home prices increasing 10% a month in many locations. They weren’t skeptical of investments such as CDS, MBS and other investment magic that boosted bank profits at the expense of the overall economy. They weren’t skeptical of the repeal of Glass Stegall, which led to investment banking deregulation and the eventual bailout of these corrupt institutions. They weren’t skeptical of the auto manufacturers building undesirable behemoths. They aren’t skeptical of JP Morgan and other bailed-out institutions buying oil takers, parking them off shore (contango-that’s another story all together) and waiting for the price of oil to go up in order to reap profits off the backs of those who bailed them out. But the media is now skeptical of Obama’s job claims. First he was slammed for talking straight about the dire economic situation and now he’s slammed for pushing a positive, albeit an exceptionally rosy job picture. Sometimes I don’t know what to believe, but it’s sure not the main stream media.

– President Obama’s comments Monday in support of his economic stimulus package generated largely skeptical coverage from the news media, which cast doubt on the new White House forecasts and cast the President as facing growing political dangers on economic and fiscal issues.

-President Obama on Monday pushed to reinvigorate his $787 billion economic-stimulus program, promising to accelerate efforts to get money out the door, while dealing with critics who said some of his claims to create or preserve jobs have been exaggerated.

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Larger layoff announcements and important economic reports:

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Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News

ibm6– IBM (www.ibm.com) recently announced it has broken ground at its new energy efficient data center at Syracuse University that is expected to use 50 percent less energy than the average data center.

The company first revealed last week that it was partnering with Syracuse University to build the $12.4 million, 6,000-square-foot data center.

via IBM Breaks Ground at Syracuse Data Center – Web Hosting Industry News | Daily Web Hosting News and Web Host Interviews.

General Economic News

NEW YORK (Dow Jones)–The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs Retail Chain Store Sales Index rose 0.2% in the week ended Saturday from its level a week before on a seasonally adjusted, comparable-store basis.

On a year-on-year basis, retailers saw sales fall 0.8% in the latest week, the biggest decline in five weeks.

via ICSC/Goldman Sachs Chain Store Sales Up 0.2% In June 6 Week.

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US chain store sales drop 4.4 pct last week-Redbook

via TABLE-US chain store sales drop 4.4 pct last week-Redbook | Reuters .

Wholesale Trade
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The Commerce Department said Tuesday that wholesale inventories fell 1.4 percent in April, more than the 1.1 percent decline that economists expected. It marked the eighth straight month that inventories dropped.

Sales at the wholesale level fell 0.4 percent in April following a 2.4 percent drop in March. Sales by wholesalers have fallen in nine of the last 10 months.

The ratio of inventories to sales stood at 1.31, meaning it would take 1.31 months to exhaust total stockpiles at the April sales pace. That ratio had stood at 1.32 in March and was 1.12 in April 2008.

via April wholesale inventories fall 1.4 percent – Yahoo! Finance.

Even when this recession ends, unemployment is likely to remain stubbornly high, according to a gloomy report from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco that anticipates what economists call a jobless recovery.

In a research note made public Monday, three Fed economists cited two reasons why the current recession is unlikely to bring about a strong rebound in jobs:

— More people are now being fired permanently rather than being temporarily laid off with the prospect of being recalled.

— More people with jobs are being forced to work part time, and they would have to return to full time before employers create jobs.

via Fed report projects little rebound in jobs.

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Government Layoff News

Mike: The story below should probably read 300 jobs targetedfor elimination, not 3000.

– The proposal to eliminate 300 additional vacancies still needs approval by the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, which has been working with the budget office on the issue.

via DELAWARE: 3,000 vacant state jobs targeted for elimination | delmarvanow.com | The Daily Times.

-A total of 123 Palm Springs Unified school teachers will soon receive layoff notices. The district announced they’re $5 million short this year and they’ve got to make deep cuts.

via PSUSD Announces New Teacher Layoffs – KESQ.com Palm Springs, Coachella Valley – Weather, News, Sports: .

-Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today he issued a total of 14 layoff notices to city employees on Friday, June 5 as part of a larger plan to eliminate a total of 24 positions, 21 of which are union positions, from the city’s FY2010 budget.

via City of Somerville announces layoffs – Somerville, Massachusetts 02144 – Somerville Journal.

– ONTARIO — The city will layoff two police officers and two dispatchers, effective the Fourth of July.

via New layoffs: Ontario PD cut by 20 percent | mansfieldnewsjournal.com | Mansfield News Journal.

– District 15 superintendent John McLaughlin said there are 13 job cuts in District 15 – four intervention workers, seven library assistants and two behaviour mentors.

via thenorthernlight.ca – Job cuts felt across school district | By James Mallory – Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada.

– Union officials representing two groups of workers at the Indiana State Teachers Association say at least 35 people will lose their jobs after 60 days notice. A third union representative did not immediately comment on how many people in her division will be laid off, so the total number of layoffs is likely to be higher than 35.

IBJ.com – Indianapolis Business Journal – Story Detail.

– The Napoleon School Board voted unanimously Monday to eliminate two administrative positions that would save the district $142,000 for the 2009-10 school year, Superintendent Jim Graham said.

via Two administrators will be laid off at Napoleon schools – MLive.com.

– We reported Friday that 16 Hoboken police officers received layoff notices last week and today, the New Jersey Civil Service Commission confirmed it.

via 16 Hoboken cops to be laid off, confirms state of New Jersey – Hoboken Now – NJ.com .

– The Office of the License Collector, which had 43 employees, has reduced its staff by nearly 26 percent to 32 workers.

via St. Louis license collector lays off staff, cuts fleet – St. Louis Business Journal: .

– Some of them were outright layoffs, more were reductions in hours – from full-time to 80, 60 or even 40 percent. All of them were people, a fact chairman Bob Jones of Orleans wanted to stress. “These are people that we know, people that we’ve worked with, who have done so much for Nauset,” Jones said prior to the vote. “I’m hoping people will realize the gravity of this.”

via Nauset cuts 24 from schools – Brewster, MA – The Cape Codder.

– The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced May 27 a restructuring of state parks which includes six jobs being cut at Sweetwater Creek State Park and a reduction in days of service for the park’s visitor’s center and gift shop from seven to four days a week.

via Times-Georgian.

Mike: Below, I again see the layoff ax fall on the worker bee and miss the administrator. It’s usually surprising to see the headline, “Two adminsitrators laid off, so six workers could keep producing.”

14:04:04- In response to financial news that is more dismal each day and expectations of further reductions in state aid, the USD 382 Board of Education took steps at its meeting Monday night to reduce expenditures, terminating one food service worker and one custodian and reducing the hours of others.

via USD 382 cuts jobs, hours – Pratt, KS – Pratt Tribune.

– OCEAN SHORES — After months of union negotiations that Mayor Dean Bunkers says were unsuccessful in the end, he plans to send out layoff notices to six to 10 city workers, the mayor said at the City Council meeting last night.

via The Daily World.

– Ninety-one employees have been laid off “for the short term,” according to Linda Hales, human resources manager. Ten non-salaried employees remain, she said.

via RN-T.com – Rome, Georgia news, sports, business, lifestyles, weather, breaking news and more from the Rome News-Tribune..

– Montgomery County will layoff as many as 27 people, demolish the former Family Courts Building and give Thomas Cloud Park to Huber Heights as part of a mid-year round of budget cuts approved by county commissioners on Tuesday, June 9.

US and some Canada Layoff News

gm16– General Motors Corp. is cutting one of two production shifts at its Wentzville plant in Aug. 10, indefinitely laying off nearly 900 workers.

About 785 production workers and 102 skilled trades workers — about half of the plant — will be laid off. Their last day of work will be Friday, Aug. 7, said Chris Lee, a GM spokesman.

via GM to cut Wentzville shift, laying off nearly 900 – STLtoday.com.

delphi– More than 2,000 people worked at Troy, Mich.-based Delphi’s Athens operations before the company filed for bankruptcy in 2005. Spokesman David Barnas said Monday that there are 439 employees at the Athens plants.

via Delphi plant in Athens closing after 35 years — chicagotribune.com.

talbots– HINGHAM, Mass. — Talbots Inc. on Tuesday recorded a fiscal first-quarter loss amid increased charges, and said it will institute new job cuts of 20 percent as it looks to lower costs and streamline operations.

via Talbots posts 1Q loss, to cut 20 percent of jobs – Forbes.com.

– By year’s end, 167 Ericsson workers will lose their jobs in Research Triangle Park, leaving fewer than two dozen at the RTP site, which employed 1,800 at its peak a decade ago.

– Publisher Father Dan Kroger said the closing of the telemarketing center will eliminate 42 mostly part-time jobs. The company doesn’t have a figure yet on employees who will be leaving via the voluntary retirement option.

via St. Anthony Messenger to cut jobs, shift focus – Business Courier of Cincinnati: .

– Fargo’s Case New Holland plant will eliminate 120 jobs later this month, the company announced Monday.

via Case New Holland’s Fargo plant eliminates 120 jobs | INFORUM | Fargo, ND .

– As a result, “it appears the decline in demand for the output at Grandview will continue indefinitely,” Sika said in a statement. “Consequently, the majority of these affected employees from Sika’s Grandview facility will remain on layoff more than six months. The reduction in workforce at Sika’s Grandview facility is likely to be permanent.”

via Layoffs at Sika’s plant look permanent – Kansas City Star.

– CORPUS CHRISTI — Whataburger announced it was laying off 52 employees from its Corpus Christi headquarters beginning July 10.

via Whataburger to layoff 52 at headquarters : Corpus Christi Local Business | Caller-Times | .

– Blackhawk Foundry & Machine Co. announced Monday that 50 additional employees were laid off the past week.

via Blackhawk Foundry lays off more employees.

– Off Madison Avenue laid off four employees after losing a major account in the gaming industry, co-founder and President David Anderson confirmed Friday.

via Off Madison Avenue lays off four, adds accounts – Phoenix Business Journal: .

– ONE of Dungannon’s largest construction companies has temporarily laid off 35 staff as it struggles with a slump in orders.

The McAvoy Group, based on the Ballynakilly Road, is also asking its remaining employees to accept a 10 percent cut in their salaries.

via McAvoy Group lays off staff and cuts pay – Tyrone Today .

– Richard Petty Motorsports laid off nine employees on Monday as it deals with the consequences of Chrysler’s bankruptcy and less financial support from Dodge.

via Richard Petty’s team lays off nine employees – Blog of Tomorrow – al.com.

– Blaming unfair trade practices from China, crop chemical company Albaugh Inc. laid off 37 workers at its St. Joseph facility Monday.

via stjoenews.net | Chemical plant lays off 37 workers.

– KTVX Channel 4 and KUCW Channel 30, the ABC and CW television affiliates that have endured a number of changes because of the crippling economy, are asking all employees to take 10-day furloughs this year.

via Utah TV stations order employee furloughs – Salt Lake Tribune.

– Prosoco Inc. laid off 10 employees Monday at its Lawrence headquarters.

via Prosoco lays off 10 employees / LJWorld.com.

– The Register-Guard cut the equivalent of 35 full-time positions Monday in what Publisher Tony Baker said was a painful step necessitated by the continuing recession. It is a scenario, he said, that is playing out at newspapers across the country.

via News Updates | “Register-Guard lays off 21 employees” | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.

– St. Mark’s is laying off, with severance, three of its 22 staff members and will contract out for its cleaning and custodial work. Unlike the last two years, however, no priests or program managers will lose their jobs.

via Shared sacrifice: Cuts at St. Mark’s Cathedral.

– University of Kentucky officials are proposing $7.3 million in cuts to colleges and support units, which will include the elimination of 81 positions, to cope with a $9.4 mi

via UK to cut 81 jobs in budget crunch – Latest News – Kentucky.com.

newspaper613:58:00- BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Employees at The Bellingham Herald in Washington state will have to take a one-week unpaid furlough this summer to help the newspaper cut expenses.

The newspaper is also cutting 30 positions — 25 of those will go when the Herald is printed on a press in Mount Vernon, starting in August. After the cuts the Herald will employ 75 people.

via The Associated Press: Bellingham Herald cutting jobs, requiring furlough.

– Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) said on Monday it cut a “small number” of executive positions at its U.S. consumer bank as part of an 18-month reorganization to improve efficiency.

via Royal Bank Canada cuts jobs in U.S. reorganization | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters .

cat– The union representing Caterpillar employees says the company has announced that 66 employees in Pontiac will be laid off over the next two weeks.

Caterpillar is the largest employer in Pontiac.

via Caterpillar Layoffs.

– Quantum Engineering, a Louisville, Ky.-based company that specializes in custom technologies for the railroad industry, is to lay off 88 of its manufacturing workers in Orange Park by Sept. 1 and move about 20 engineering employees elsewhere in the Jacksonville area.

via Orange Park engineering facility will lay off 88 | Jacksonville.com.

– The United Way of Rhode Island announced Tuesday it had laid off eight employees due primarily to the loss in value to one of its major investments — used specifically for administrative expenses — the Rhode Island Charities Trust.

via United Way of Rhode Island lays off 8 employees – Projo 7 to 7 News Blog | Rhode Island news | The Providence Journal .

– – Unilever is closing a manufacturing plant in Hagerstown, Md., with 460 employees.

The Dutch maker of consumer products such as Dove soaps and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream says the plant’s production will be shifted to other plants.

via The Associated Press: Unilever will close Maryland plant.

– A spokesman for Gerdau Ameristeel Corp said the moves are expected to take place in the coming months, the report said. The report said the company would not reveal its employment numbers, but said the New Jersey plants served the Northeast.

via Gerdau announces Perth Amboy steel plant closing, Sayreville facility suspending operations – NJ.com .

– Medical device manufacturer DJO Chattanooga, long known as the Chattanooga Group, plans to shut its Hixson plant and cut over 300 jobs.

via Chattanooga Times Free Press | DJO closing Hixson plant.

– Southern Indiana commercial furniture manufacturer Jasper Group notified the state’s Department of Workforce Development yesterday that 110 employees will lose their jobs in August when the company closes its Batesville plant.

In addition, the Jasper-based company, which had about 650 employees before the announcement, told the Batesville Herald Tribune that it would shut down a manufacturing facility in Ferdinand that employs 24.

IBJ.com – Indianapolis Business Journal – Story Detail.

chrysler1– Fourteen of Colorado’s 45 Chrysler franchisees are losing Chrysler brands.

“We are calling it Black Tuesday when 14 profitable dealers who were supporting their brands are being terminated for no apparent reason,” said Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association.

via “Black Tuesday”: 14 Colo. Chrysler dealers close today – The Denver Post.

– CHAMPAIGN – Jacobson Cos. plans to close its warehousing and storage operation on Bloomington Road this summer, putting 51 people out of work.

International Layoff News

LONDON, June 9 (Reuters) – Lloyds Banking Group Plc (LLOY.L) is to close all branches of its Cheltenham & Gloucester mortgage unit and cut some 1,500 jobs, British media reported on Tuesday.

via UPDATE 1-Lloyds to cut 1,500 jobs, close C&G branches-reports | Industries | Financial Services & Real Estate | Reuters .

– Incisive Media is closing Personal Computer World, one of the UK’s oldest consumer technology titles, after more than 30 years, putting 12 jobs at risk.

via Personal Computer World to close | Media | guardian.co.uk .

– Essex-based Access Accounting has confirmed making 31 redundancies to reduce costs and sustain growth. John Stokdyk reports.

via Access Accounting makes 31 redundant to preserve growth – 08 Jun 2009.

– A statement from the company, led by chairman Tom Bloxham, said: “I can confirm that we have begun a consultation with staff at Urban Splash Build North. Unfortunately this is as a result of there being fewer schemes moving forward.”

via More redundancies planned at Urban Splash – Crain’s Manchester Business .

– Sources close to WAN told AAP that 60 to 70 staff could be made redundant, including up to 15 staff from the editorial department.

via WAN to make voluntary staff cut.

volvo114:09:47- Swedish industrial group Volvo, the world’s second-largest truck maker by sales, said June 9 it plans to cut 160 white collar jobs at its aeronautics arm.

Hiring News and News You Can Use

thyssenkrupp– CALVERT, Ala. (AP) – ThyssenKrupp’s carbon steel unit being built in north Mobile County has hired the first of its hourly maintenance employees and is preparing to hire about 1,000 hourly workers over the next 18 months.

via Steel mill hiring 1,000 over next 18 months – WAAYTV.com – Huntsville, Alabama – News Weather, Sports | .

– Office rental giant Regus Group plc is expanding its Addison corporate office in staffing to support a worldwide push for growth.

via Regus hiring 50 at Addison HQ – Dallas Business Journal: .

– AUBURN, Ala. (AP) – Seohan Auto USA Corp. and Seohan-NTN Driveshaft USA Corp. are expanding in Auburn, adding 76 jobs.

via Auburn auto supplier expanding, adding 75 jobs – WMBF News | Myrtle Beach/Florence,SC | News, Weather and Sports-.

– In Manhattan’s theater district, the Mean Fiddler takes its turns at being nice to the unemployed, offering drink specials from noon to 7pm, including $3.50 domestics, $4.50 imported beer of the month and $5 cocktails including Cosmos, Margaritas and Mojitos.

via Happy Hour: The New Day Job – Theres Got To Be A Pony In Here Somewhere Blog – CNBC.com.

– Becton, Dickinson and Co. has purchased a new facility in Mebane to employ 40 workers, including 20 new jobs for Alamance County, according to an announcement from the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce.

Mike: A busy day in layoff announcement land. The toll of the auto bankruptcies is still taking shape and the thousands of layoffs from that disaster will be with us for quite some time.

If you want to take a break from the sometimes less than cheerful news of the Layoff List, pay a visit to Your Unemployed Daughter where you can get some entertaining unemployment tips on what to keep in your refrigerator and advice on how to survive joblessness.

Till tomorrow……………………..

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