MIke: Good dayto all and thanks for visiting The Layoff List.

The following story continues to show the hypocrisy of South Carolina’s governor, Mark Sanford. Recall that Mark Sanford originally rejected some federal stimulus funds, including those tied to increased unemployment benefits. While he was the last governor to accept the $25 weekly unemployment check increase provided by the stimulus bill, he continued to reject other parts of improving unemployment benefits. Yet, Mr. Sanford had no problem spending ungodly sums of taxpayer money on luxury air travel, some of which was to see his mistress in Argentina, while having no problem condemning federal stimulus aid to the unemployed as wasteful.  Here is a quote from one of the below stories: “It sounds like the Soviet grain quotas of Stalin’s time — X number of jobs will be created because Washington says so. And that’s not the way that jobs get created,” he said. He must have taken that Soviet reference to heart, since he was traveling first-class like a Stalin era politico, while his citizens were suffering high unemployment and foreclosures. Bottom line: spending money on the unemployed is wasteful, but spending large sums of money to support my big ego is fine. I do have to admire him in certain aspects; he has more gall than most humans and isn’t ashamed of doing anything but telling the truth. A first-class guy all the way – to Argentina and China, at least………

sanfordSanford, who once criticized other state officials for costly travel, charged the state more than $37,600 for one first-class and four business-class flights overseas since November 2005, expense records show. Other state employees flew in the back of the plane at a fraction of the price, according to the documents.

via AP Investigation: ‘Frugal’ SC gov flew in style – Yahoo! News.

“What we would be required to do would be, for the first time, increase the level of benefit for part-time workers,” Sanford told “FOX News Sunday.” “We can’t pay for the benefits already in the program, but to get the stimulus money, we’ve got to increase the program’s size and scale.”

The White House says Sanford’s state, which has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation, would be eligible for $8 billion from the spending bill, which administration officials say would create 50,000 jobs. Sanford said that’s not how job creation works.

“It sounds like the Soviet grain quotas of Stalin’s time — X number of jobs will be created because Washington says so. And that’s not the way that jobs get created,” he said.

via Handful of Governors May Refuse Federal Unemployment Benefits – First 100 Days of Presidency – Politics FOXNews.com .

Dan Wasserman

Dan Wasserman

Here’s an interesting application from Google that paints an unemployment picture by county. See where your county stands in the unemployment race: Google Interactive Unemployment Graph
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Microsoft/Google/IBM and other Rumors & News

cisco4Update: – In response to the global recession, Cisco Systems is slashing as many as 700 jobs at its San Jose campus, a source close to the company’s leadership said Thursday.

The layoffs, which will be in the range of 600 to 700, are part of 2,000 positions CEO John Chambers had forecast in February would be eliminated from Cisco’s global work force of about 66,560. Cisco did not provide details about what types of jobs are being cut.

via Cisco cutting up to 700 jobs in San Jose – San Jose Mercury News.

General Economic News

-The Commerce Department said Friday that construction of new homes and apartments jumped 3.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 582,000 units, from an upwardly revised rate of 562,000 in May.

That was better than the 530,000-unit pace economists expected, and the second straight increase after April’s record low of 479,000 units.

In another encouraging sign, applications for building permits, seen as a good indicator of future activity, rose 8.7 percent in June to an annual rate of 563,000 units. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters expected an annual rate of 520,000 units.

via June housing construction rises unexpectedly – Yahoo! Finance.

– The Fed, in fact, expects a rosy run through at least 2012. In that period: “Financial markets and institutions would continue to recuperate, monetary policy would remain stimulative, fiscal stimulus would be fading and inflation expectations would be relatively well anchored.”

On top of that, the economy would grow “at a rate well above that of its potential,” according to the minutes of the FOMC meeting, “the unemployment rate would decline significantly” and overall core inflation “would stay low.” This optimism underpins why, at its most recent meeting, the Fed announced no new policy changes to combat recession.

via Strong Growth Could Come With High Unemployment – Forbes.com.

Mike: I post the following because of the many state programs that tout job creation, but often disappoint.

– An India-based pipe manufacturer is no longer planning to open a $100-million plant along the Arkansas River in Little Rock, prompting the city to buy back the land for $2.2 million.

Man Industries Ltd. is no longer moving forward with its proposed plant, which officials last year said would create more than 250 new jobs, Arkansas Economic Development Commission spokesman Scott Hardin said Tuesday.

via The Business Facilities Blog – Economic Development, Location Research, and Corporate Expansion News and Analysis.

Jim Morin

Jim Morin

– Central Texas lost jobs in June, the first time that has happened since the tech crash earlier in the decade.

The region’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.1 percent, from 6.2 percent in May, the Texas Workforce Commission reported.

Until last month, Austin had stood alone among major cities for four months in a row as the only one that was adding jobs during the recession.

via Austin unemployment jumps, region has first job loss | Statesman Business Blog.

– HOUSTON (Reuters) – Shell Oil Co said on Thursday it was considering staff cuts at its refineries and chemical plants on the U.S. Gulf Coast to reduce costs in the current recession.

Among the plants where reductions are being considered are the refineries Shell operates jointly with Saudi Aramco through Motiva Enterprises and a Deer Park, Texas, refinery operated jointly with Mexican state oil company Pemex, said spokeswoman Anne Peebles.

via Shell weighs staff cuts at U.S. Gulf refineries | Reuters .

Government Layoff News

– The number of lower-level management jobs that would be eliminated would be in the single-digits, said Olliff, who could not give an exact figure. But he said 39 management and professional-level jobs that will ”change significantly” under the new structure will be opened to applicants from within the agency. Current job holders must reapply.

via South Florida Water Management District to trim some management jobs – Florida – MiamiHerald.com.

– Surprise on Tuesday laid off four city workers and demoted one, part of a move to shave $708,900 from the fiscal 2010 budget, city officials said.

via Surprise lays off 4 employees, details $700K in budget cuts.

– Osceola County’s Building Division will eliminate 25 jobs. The county has announced that 24 people will be laid off, and one vacant position will be eliminated.

via Osceola County To Cut 25 Jobs – County By County News Story – WFTV Orlando.

– FORT PIERCE — City officials laid off eight police officers Friday, and more employees could face the same fate.

via Fort Pierce lays off 8 police officers : Front page : TCPalm .

– RALEIGH — The N.C. Arboretum has notified six workers they will be laid off, Executive Director George Briggs said today.

In another cost-cutting move, the Peachtree City Council Thursday night eliminated one full-time and three part-time positions at the Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center.

via PTC cuts 4 jobs at Kedron | The Citizen Online.

US and some Canada Layoff News

boe1– HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – Officials with the Boeing Company announced Thursday that they will lay off about 250 workers in their missile defense program on Friday, with 130 of those coming from Huntsville.

via 130 Boeing employees in Huntsville to be laid off – WAFF.com: North Alabama News, Radar, Weather, Sports and Jobs-.

boe2– Boeing plans to give layoff notices to 668 workers companywide today, with about 100 of those in the Puget Sound region.

Only about 80 of the workers receiving the notices work in the Commercial Airplanes division, Boeing said.

via Business & Technology | Boeing handing out 668 layoff notices companywide today; about 100 locally | Seattle Times Newspaper.

harley-davidson– The York workers who keep their jobs will have to take six weeks of unpaid leave through the end of the year. The company is pulling back motorcycle production to match falling demand. Harley’s second quarter profits are down more than 90 percent.

“There are people losing their jobs,” Santone says, talking about the country’s recession. “The last thing on their mind is buying a motorcycle,” he says.

Santone says the workers at Harley’s York plant knew the 150 layoffs were coming. Now amid sagging sales numbers, the company is laying off 1,000 more people nationwide.

via Harley-Davidson Continues Job Cuts in York as Profits Plunge – WPMT.

– Parker Hannifin Corp. says it will close two Wayne County manufacturing facilities by the end of the year. The decision will leave 230 people out of work.

The two plants – part of the Mobile Climate Systems Division of Parker Hannifin – are located in Lyons and have been open since 1963.

via Parker Hannifin to close Lyons plants at cost of 230 jobs | democratandchronicle.com | Democrat and Chronicle.

– It is unclear exactly how many employees at the New York-based brokerage firm will be affected by the job cuts, but a spokeswoman for the company said that none of its 18,500 financial advisers will be let go.

– The University will lay off 24 employees and eliminate 176 vacant job positions because of budget cuts, according to LSU System documents released Wednesday.

– Employment at the ArvinMeritor auto parts plant in Carrollton will dwindle to about 60 by the end of this month and the plant, which employed as many as 350 two years ago, has been slated to close altogether by the end of the year, company and union officials said.

via ArvinMeritor closing Carrollton plant | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal.

– The Danville, Illinois-headquarterd company is moving all of its production to the Danville plant, idling the approximately 200 workers still employed in Fostoria.

via 1330 WFIN News with Tom Sheldon and Scott Jennings – Findlay Ohio.

– LPL Financial Corp. has notified the state that it plans to lay off 84 employees in its West Palm Beach office over the next several months, and eventually shut its office on Australian Avenue

via LPL Financial to lay off 84 in WPB – South Florida Business Journal: .

– Over sixty employees at Midway’s Chicago-based HQ have been handed their notices and will leave the company by early September

via 60 jobs go at Midway Chicago | Gaming Industry | MCV.

–  MTS Systems Corp. (MTSC: News ), Thursday announced an additional reduction in its workforce in response to the continued weakness in industrial capital spending, eliminating approximately 65 positions that includes both immediate actions as well as those taken in April 2009.

via RTTNews – Breaking News, financial breaking News, Positive EPS Surprises, Stock research …. .

-The foundry, which has been operating at Second and Gilman streets for 75 years, has laid off a couple of hundred workers in the last seven months, including 40 in June, and announced that another 75 layoffs are on the way, sometime after Aug. 31. Pacific Steel had about 600 workers on its payroll until earlier this year; the cuts will leave the company with just 300.

via Pacific Steel Lays Off Half Its Work Force. Category: Front Page News from The Berkeley Daily Planet – Thursday July 16, 2009 .

gavel6– Husch Blackwell Sanders LLP laid off 10 lawyers, the firm confirmed Thursday.

via Husch Blackwell Sanders lays off 10 lawyers – Kansas City Business Journal: .

– To whit, three of the four full-time staff employed by the organization have been laid off, with their duties and responsibilities eventually to be taken over by volunteers.

via Volunteer centre lays off L&A staff, two others – Napanee Guide – Ontario, CA .

– John Morrell & Co. has laid off 30 workers in the past two weeks and cut back on some of its hog kill and pork cut shift as the meatpacker deals with the struggling economy.

via Morrell trims 30 workers | argusleader.com | Argus Leader.

– About 20 people were let go this week, leaving a handful of executives who have moved to its New Bedford site.

via Electric motorcycle company lays off employees | turnto10.com.

– Orscheln Products. President Robert Orscheln said the closing is a result of market forces in the economic recession. The plant employs about 60 workers.

via The-Daily-Record.com – Felsted Products LLC will be closing by.

– Nancy Bowen, Van Wert County economic development director, said as many as 300 workers from the county are affected by the Fleetwood decision. Bowen said she had no specifics on the company’s decision.

via Van Wert workers terminated by Indiana company | wert, company, workers – Local News – LimaOhio.com.

– Seventy workers at the Powers Street plant will lose their jobs here, said Dan Munenzer, vice president of marketing in Spear’s corporate headquarters in Mason, Ohio.

via Spear closing Milford, NH plant; 70 jobs lost – 7/16/2009 10:00:00 AM – Converting Magazine.

– Shell Chemical and Motiva Enterprises oil refineries, two of St. Charles Parish’s largest employers, are reducing their workforce, but the facilities are not closing or leaving Norco, a spokeswoman said Friday.

Shell spokeswoman Lily Galland would not say how many employees have been let go or how many more layoffs could be coming, saying it would vary by site.

via Shell,Motiva cut jobs in St. Charles Parish, other plants – NOLA.com .

– South St. Paul will lose about 75 food-industry jobs this fall, as owners of Stock Yards Meat Packing Co. launch a consolidation that will relocate _ and in some cases, eliminate _ jobs in sales, produce and delivery.

via Stock Yards Meat consolidation means South St. Paul losing 75 jobs – TwinCities.com.

Barnes & Noble spokeswoman said the move would eliminate duplicative functions and a “handful” of jobs would be eliminated.

via Barnes & Noble consolidates publishing functions – Forbes.com.

– A Canadian packaging company said Thursday it has phased out its manufacturing operations in Spartanburg and eliminated about 20 jobs because of the economic decline. Beresford Box Co. Inc.

via Packaging company cuts jobs | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal | Spartanburg SC.

– In a statement to Massively today, Sony Online Entertainment has confirmed that they are laying off 41 full-time workers, equaling 5% of their full-time workforce.

via Breaking News: Sony Online Entertainment lays off 41 full-time workers – Massively.

– The plant employs 93 workers. The closing will save an estimated $1.8 million a year starting next year.

via Office furniture maker HNI to close NC factory — chicagotribune.com.

– Hooker officials told the plant’s 23 employees that the company would like to sell the operation as an ongoing business, but would close it if a buyer wasn’t found. The 34,000-square-foot facility is under lease until December.

International Layoff News

-The future of 5,000 workers at Vauxhall hung in the balance today after an American private equity group said that it would cut 10,000 jobs across Europe should it win control of the carmaker.

Ripplewood – the US private equity firm whose European business RHJ International is trying to bid for GM Europe – said that around 3,900 jobs would be lost in Germany. The group did not specify where the remaining 6,100 would be cut.

via RHJ to cut 10,000 jobs in bid for Vauxhall owner – Times Online .

swedbank– PARIS — In a sign of the continued fallout from the weakness in the Baltic economies, the Swedish lender Swedbank announced deep job cuts Friday as it posted its second consecutive quarterly loss.

– Some of the UK’s most established universities are culling hundreds of staff, according to UCU, with 4,593 jobs cuts expected in universities and 1,298 in colleges.

via 6,000 lecturers facing redundancy, says universities union | Education | guardian.co.uk .

– (Bloomberg) — Metro AG, Germany’s largest retailer, said it plans to eliminate 1,340 jobs at its domestic Cash & Carry wholesale unit to improve profitability.

via Metro to Cut 1,340 Jobs at German Cash & Carry Wholesale Unit – Bloomberg.com.

– Allied Carpets today became the latest victim of the recession as it announced plans to go into administration, putting nearly 1,100 jobs at risk.

via Allied Carpets collapse puts 1,100 jobs at risk – Times Online .

goodyear– The company said the closing will be completed by the end of the current quarter, and about 500 of the company’s 600 employees in the Philippines will lose their jobs. It said sales and marketing operations in the country won’t be affected.

-Fractional ownership giant NetJets Europe has launched a voluntary redundancy programme in a bid to shed up to 300 flight crew positions – equivalent to about one-third of its pilot workforce.

via NetJets Europe launches voluntary redundancy programme.

lloyds-banking1– Lloyds Banking Group has announced plans to axe 220 jobs in Edinburgh, Fife and the Lothians.

Half of the jobs will be lost at Scottish Widows, which is part of the company’s insurance division

via BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Edinburgh, East and Fife | Lloyds to cut 220 Scottish jobs.

– GLASSMAKER Pilkington is to cut another 90 jobs in the region as it continues to make massive cost savings.

via Pilkington annnounces 90 job losses at its West Lancashire base – Skelmersdale Advertiser.

–  Jaguar Land Rover is cutting another 300 jobs at its Halewood factory and will stop producing the smaller “X-Type” cars at the end of the year.

– A decision by the government owned Petroleum Company of Jamaica (PETCOM) to give marching orders to 11 employees recently in an internal restructuring exercise has ignited fury in the leadership of the National Workers Union (NWU).

via Radiojamaica.com… today’s news… today | Petcom, Union, Roberts, Mou, Labour | Union upset at Petcom redundancy exercise – A decision by the government owned Petroleum Co….

– Staff at Ceewrite Engineering Ltd on the Tradecroft Industrial Estate were stunned by the shock announcement this week of their redundancies.

via Shock at 45 Portland jobs go at Ceewrite (From Dorset Echo).

– The Federal Government dismissed 70 officers of the NDLEA between January and May for aiding and abetting illicit drugs offenders.

Michael Aondoakaa, the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General said this on Thursday in Abuja at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Britain and Nigeria to curb drug trafficking.

via 70 officers lose jobs in NDLEA .

– THE future of an historic Dewsbury mill is in doubt after its 280 staff were told administrators had been called in.

Workers at S Lyles and Sons, Calder Bank Road, were told on Monday to expect an announcement later this week

via 280 jobs under threat at historic mill – Dewsbury Reporter .

– In the next two years, 270 positions are set to be eliminated in the federal defense department and, unlike previous downsizings, layoffs are not ruled out this time.

via WRS | Federal defense department to cut jobs.

– At a meeting on Tuesday night, council officers told concerned staff that around 12 jobs would be axed, with the remainder of employees either moved to other arts facilities or, where possible, redeployed to other areas of the council.

Hiring News and News You Can Use

– The site, UnitedWeWork .org, launched Monday with sponsorship from Sears, Dallas-based AT&T, ADP, Allstate, Hewitt Associates, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, Office Depot, 7-Eleven and Starbucks. The site is free for up to a year for other companies seeking to post positions and will always be free for jobseekers.

via Fortune 500 companies create free online job board | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Business Casual .

– JANESVILLE — In addition to pumping about $150 million into the local economy, a new hospital and clinic will add about 500 good-paying jobs to a community that’s been battered by job losses for the last 18 months.

via Hospital will add 500 jobs — GazetteXtra.

– Anyone looking for work knows the job market is tough and likely to stay that way for a long time. To help retirement-age job seekers, RetirementJobs.com has put together what it says is a carefully developed list of attractive positions outside the home and for those seeking at-home jobs.

via 15 Top Office and Home-Based Jobs for Seniors – The Best Life (usnews.com).

– COVINGTON, Tenn. — The Delfield plant in Covington is expanding with 90 new jobs created by the end of the year and 30 more in 2010.

via Covington plant expansion brings 120 new jobs | tennessean.com | The Tennessean.

– “It was a legitimate job hunting Web site, where you post your resume,” Nichols said Friday.

He said the company asked him to fax back an application and a document they called a “contractor agreement.” It all looked like a real job and a real company. And the position was Financial Manager.

The company then mailed him a check for $2,743.80. He was supposed to cash the check, keep 5 percent for himself, and wire the rest to the company. He did that, and then got the bad news.

“The next day when I came home from a job interview, I found out that my bank account was at a negative $2,700,” Nichols said. The bank told him the check from the company was counterfeit, and he was responsible for paying back the money.

via Man sounds warning after falling victim to Internet job scam | Bakersfield Now | Investigations .

Mike: A quiet Friday for US layoff announcements, but the international layoff news was disappointingly high.  I’ll probably post a weekend update. Enjoy………………

Dana Summers

Dana Summers


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