Who’s Firing – Layoffs week ended 1-14-11

Jan 16 2011 in Employment Economy, Featured, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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Who’s Firing summarizes weekly research of companies announcing and rumoring layoffs for the week ended 1-14-11.

For the past week telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, government and entertainment employers announced the largest layoffs.

This information is intended for business analysts, corporate strategists, marketers, salespeople, investment analysts, financial advisers and others who are interested in companies that are contracting. The information can be valuable to job seekers also, to understand companies that are probably not in growth mode.

Top Layoffs week ended 1-14:

Telecommunications topped the list, as it was reported that AT&T is planning layoffs of up 1,600 workers throughout the Midwest. Banking organization Synovus is closing 39 branches and shedding 850 employees.

Manufacturer Steelcase is cutting 750 workers throughout the US, responding to reduced sales and profits. The Missouri Department of Transportation announced cutbacks affecting 400 employees.

Entertainment industry fixture Technicolor announced layoffs of 394 workers from its home entertainment division, due to a shrinking market for DVDs.

Inclusion on this listing doesn’t mean the entire industry is down, as some from the same sectors appeared on the “Who’s Hiring” article published 1/10/11.

Job seekers: You might want to look in greener pastures than these companies.

Organizations announcing or rumored layoffs for the week ended 1/14/11:

  • AT&T, Various US (1,600)
  • Synovus, Columbus GA (850)
  • Steelcase, Kentwood MI and Various US (750)
  • The Missouri Department of Transportation, Various MO (400)
  • Technicolor, Studio City CA (394)
  • Borders, LaVergne TN (310)
  • Bayer CropScience, Institute WV and Woodbine GA (300)
  • Sony Corp. of America, Pitman NJ (300)
  • Yahoo!, Sunnyvale CA (265)
  • Lockheed Martin, Eagan MN (250)
  • ZipRealty, Various US (25%)
  • Alvarado Hospital, San Diego CA (249)
  • Helping Hands Sanctuary (dba Grove St.Extended), San Francisco CA (241)
  • Magna Steyr, Toledo OH (213)
  • Concord Buying Group (AJ Wright), Various CA (197)
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals, Irvine CA (195)
  • Biogen Idec, San Diego (192)
  • Levy Premium Foodservice, Inglewood CA (174)
  • US Airways, Pittsburgh PA and Various US (170)
  • CGI (formerly Stanley Associates), Laguna Niguel CA (170)
  • LM Wind Power Grand Forks ND (150)
  • UC Berkeley, Berleley CA (150)
  • Kmart, North Plainfield NJ and Hamilton OH (143)
  • Iowa Department of Human Services, Various IA (136)
  • Wells Fargo Mortgage Operations, Concord CA (134)
  • Fluor, Rockport IN (132)
  • Elan Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco CA (131)
  • Aegis Ltd, Killen TX (130)
  • Worthington Precision Metals, Mentor OH (124)
  • King County Public Health, Seattle WA (123)
  • A.F. Evans Co, San Francisco CA (120)
  • O’Connor Hospital, San Jose CA (120)
  • Hines Nurseries LLC, Richmond TX (106)
  • Northrop Grumman, Laguna Niguel CA (105)
  • Saks Inc, Denver CO (100)
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club, Sunrise FL (99)
  • Illinois Cement, LaSalle IL (96)
  • Ivory International, Miami FL (93)
  • Fedex National LTL, Elk Grove CA (85)
  • Sears Holdings, Akron OH (85)
  • Exel Inc, Fremont CA (82)
  • Sterling Life Insurance, Bellingham WA (80)
  • Boston Scientific, Miami FL (76)
  • RPM Towing (dba Valley Towing Products), Lodi CA (64)
  • Dex One, Denver CO and Colorado Springs CO (< 65)
  • U.S. Bancorp, Milwaukee WI (64)
  • Siemens Industry, Rockport IN (63)
  • Fort Indiantown Gap ANational Guard, Jonestown PA (60)
  • City of Savannah GA (57)
  • Bank of America, Concord CA (50)
  • Taconic, East Greenbush NY (49)
  • Gannett Co, Bridgewater NJ, Parsippany NJ and East Brunswick NJ (46)
  • BigBand Networks, Redwood City CA (40)
  • Palm Coast Data, Palm Coast FL (30)

Source: Google, Twitter, AllPinkSlips.com, Telonu.com, TechCrunch.com, CoStar.com, Gawker, Screwedd.com, Recessionwire.com

Readers – If you know of employers announcing significant layoff plans, or employers reducing large numbers of employees, please comment below to add to this list.

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