Mike: I hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and welcome to The Layoff List.
Monday is starting off quiet for US unemployment announcements and is quiet for economic reports, but Tuesday and Wednesday bring the Existing Home Sales and New Home Sales reports, respectively. Few reports, besides employment reports, generate as much media buzz about jobs and the economy as housing reports. Home sales could improve because of still low interest rates, summer buying and less expensive units, but they could decline because of increasing interest rates, fear of buying while prices are still falling, and increasing unemployment allowing fewer to buy homes. I’ll post some additional info on this later.
The following is a great list of unemployment resources that should be read by those affected by unemployment. The list, alas, doesn’t include The Layoff List as a resource, so I had to put a plug in on the comments section. Regardless of that slight, there’s quite a bit of useful information included within the article:
At some point in their life, everyone has to deal with losing a job. The below sites are essential resources for those who need help with dealing with unemployment, getting expert advice, as well as preparing for the search for the next employer.
I’ll post updates and some commentary later this afternoon. Onto the news…………………
Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors/News
General Economic News
Government Layoff News
US and some Canada Layoff News
International Layoff News
Hiring News and News You Can Use
– 750,000 iPhones. Munster estimates that Apple sold about 750,000 iPhones over the three-day weekend, 50% more than his initial prediction (500,000) but 25% less than the 1 million iPhone 3Gs Apple sold on launch last July. It took Apple 74 days to sell 1 million first-generation iPhone and three days to sell 1 million units of the iPhone 3G.
– According to a new survey, 52% of companies expect to employ fewer people in three to five years than they did before the recession began. The survey of 179 companies was conducted this month by consulting firm Watson Wyatt Worldwide Inc.
– Broward School Board members will make the layoffs of nearly 400 teachers official at a meeting Tuesday, though they hope to rehire as many as possible.
– District officials will cut 39 teaching and counseling positions to save about $2.7 million for the budget year that begins July 1.
– Friday’s cuts included reductions of two bus drivers, one custodian, a student aide who wouldn’t be needed because one student’s individual education plan no longer called for an aide, and 10 days total were cut from extended contracts. Ticket prices for athletic events also were raised $1.
– Audra L. Caplan, library director, spent Friday delivering layoff notices to several of her staff and trying to find a way to keep all 11 branches open. Caplan would not say how many employees she had to let go, but they were in addition to the 34 dismissals that County Executive David R. Craig announced Thursday. The library already had frozen 20 vacant positions.
– Anchor Blue, a specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories for the teenage and young adult markets with 177 stores across 12 states, is closing 46 underperforming stores as part of its overall restructuring plan. A massive store closing sale kicks off Friday, June 19th at all stores earmarked for closing and will last until all merchandise is sold.
– The company (NASDAQ: TGEN) said it will cut its staff down to just 10 to 15 employees by the end of the July, compared with 35 according to a regulatory filing updated on May 1.
– Auto industry supplier Pioneer Automotive Technologies said its Springboro operation will permanently lay off 61 employees beginning in August.
– Firestone Industrial Products in Williamsburg announced Tuesday the elimination of five salaried positions and 20 production jobs
– PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) — A company with more than 100 years of service in southern Ohio is apparently laying off the remainder of its workers Monday, according to two workers at Mitchellace in Portsmouth.
– Razorfish continues to pare its staff as the recession chugs along. The digital ad agency laid off about 10 percent of its Manhattan-based staff earlier this month. The company cited the economic downturn as a main reason for the layoffs.
– Citing sluggish consumer sales and inventory cutbacks at retailers, the Perseus Books Groups had laid off approximately 20 people and will reduce its list by about 100 titles in 2010.
– Over the last few weeks, the museum laid off 74 employees and gave retirement packages to 95 others who chose to accept them, it said. Though the museum declined to identify or describe the specific roles of employees who have left, it said those departing included some members of the curatorial staff.
– CHICAGO (Reuters) – UAL Corp’s United Airlines on Monday said it would reduce the number of its flight attendants by 600 because of economic weakness and lower attrition rates.
– Alberto-Culver, owners of the Alberto VO5 and Nexxus brands, plans to cut 160 jobs and reorganize its facilities to boost productivity.
– Perseus Books Group is joining the restructuring club. Months after most of the major publishing houses announced cost cutting measures, the independent publisher has laid off 20 employees and will drop 100 titles from its list.
– The company Sitel Iberica Teleservices has submitted a dossier of employment regulation (ERE) for 700 of its 5,000 workers from the centres of Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, while the centre at Saragossa is not affected.
– ArcelorMittal Poland is planning to cut employment this year by 1,480 people.
The employees who decide to leave can count on a generous compensation package. The concern finalized the first phase of the voluntary redundancy program in April and is launching the second phase in July.
– A spokeswoman said the consultation in Scotland was part a UK-wide review, and that management hoped to keep job losses to a minimum. The firm employs 82 people in Glasgow and 44 at its Edinburgh office.
– Swiss specialty chemicals company Clariant AG (CLN.VX) confirmed on Monday it would cut 500 more jobs worldwide and said further cuts were likely this year and next.
– But with no improvement in the forward order book, the company yesterday announced it is to start new consultations with the workforce on 30 redundancies, taking the total to that originally announced in February.
– SWIRE Shipping is axing its round-the-world multi-purpose liner services due to weak markets in the US and Europe, and laying-off 200 staff worldwide.
– The Matalan Clearance store in Portadown’s Magowan West is to close at the end of July with the loss of around 33 jobs.
– A statement from the state-run carrier said it was aiming for a more than 100 million dollar reduction in annual employee salaries, from the 625 million dollars it currently spends.
– Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has cut 85 jobs at the end of a redundancy consultation that got underway in Ma
– MeadWestvaco Corp., which makes paper and plastic products, said Monday it will eliminate 80 jobs in Germany as it reconfigures its home and garden primary plastics operation to cut costs.
– An electronics company in Cornwall has laid off more than 80 employees.
– The timber company Gunns will shed 22 jobs from its veneer mill at Somerset near Burnie, blaming falling global prices for high-quality decorative veneer.
– Almost 200 men and women running Birmingham City Council’s old people’s homes are to be made redundant.
– A CHESHIRE-based aluminium smelting firm has ceased trading for the time being after being placed in administration, with the loss of 61 jobs.
– BERLIN (AFP) — German bank Hypo Real Estate said Monday it would cut 1,000 jobs and expected to lose hundreds of millions of euros in the second quarter of 2009 due to the world economic crisis.
-Dublin’s Abbey Theatre is to shed 25 jobs in an attempt to overcome the difficult economic climate.
– Tweet My Jobs launched in February and has more than 6,000 companies using it to send out job listings to local job hunters who are interested in their sectors.
Internet users just need to sign up to Twitter and create an account on Tweet My Jobs to receive text messages which notify them the instant a relevant job ad is posted.
– If you’re interested in joining a cloud computing startup, consider iSyndica. iSyndica is headquartered in the US and has offices in Singapore and Panama.
– What I am advocating is most definitely NOT that- but real jobs with ethical companies who understand the value of a remote workforce. The pay range for these jobs is in the $1500-$2000 range for entry level jobs, and goes up with additional experience, like a sales background.
– Computerworld – Demand for contract tech workers, whether they call themselves freelancers or consultants, is increasing, but the trend isn’t a green shoot — a signal of an economic recovery. It may be more an act of desperation by companies struggling to keep up with work in the face of staff cutbacks.
-FRANKFORT, Ky. – State officials say a company in south-central Kentucky plans to expand and create 200 jobs.