A daily review of the employment fallout around the country and the world.

Today’s total: 825

Nearly 700 workers at the Virginia Department of Transportation will be laid off this week. … The Longaberger Company in Newark, Ohio has plans to cut 125 of its staff. …

The Recession Movie

by Sara Clemence on January 4, 2010 in Culture

A long, long time ago–okay, back in March–we wrote about a couple of enterprising brothers who responded to job loss by loading up a van and driving through all 50 states, chronicling Americans’ experience with the recession. Well, now their movie, The Recess Ends, is done…

Too bad sickness doesn’t notice when your health coverage runs out. When you’ve got a stubborn cough or an illness that just won’t go away, it doesn’t matter if you’re having financial trouble or if you’ve been out of work for the past year. You’ll still need medication if you hope to get better, and that medication doesn’t come cheap.

The average cost to fill a single prescription was $69.91 in 2007, according to a report by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, an amount that adds up quickly for families with multiple children getting sick at multiple times throughout the year. And in 2008 alone, the average increase in manufacturer price for brand name prescription medications went up 8.7 percent.

Since the recession began, however, a number of programs have begun to fill the void for cash-strapped families and individuals—offering free or reduced prescription medications to those in need. With so many programs available, it’s not so much a matter of finding a program as it is finding the program that is right for you…

A daily review of the employment fallout around the country and the world.

Today’s Total: 226

Up to 126 positions may be cut in the city of Lynchburg, Va. … Plymouth, Mass. schools are looking at eliminating eight to 10 positions. …

When the ball drops at midnight and we say goodbye to 2009, look ahead with us at what we may hope for in 2010. All together now: We resolve to…

…get everyone (who wants one) a job. Unemployment benefits will run out for millions this year, but corporate profits are improving. Let’s turn this combo into a stronger job market.

…be a little more sure of our “recession is over” pronouncements. We’re talking about folks like Ben Bernanke, who talked of “green shoots” in March, but later pulled back from that. Or people like Larry Summers, who said that “everyone agrees the recession is over,” only to be followed up by others in the White House who softened that statement…

Most Popular Stories of 2009

by the Editors on December 31, 2009 in Culture

In 2009 we lost our jobs, launched Recessionwire, found new gigs, lost one and left another, found new new jobs and freelance work, made countless new friends and learned more than we could have imagined. It’s been kind of awesome, thanks in no small part to our readers. We love you! And here’s what you loved to read on Recessionwire in 2009…

10. In October, we suggested readers Get Their Recession Scare On, with our downturn-themed Halloween costumes like the Bear Market and the Housing Bubble. Hilarious, even though we left out Sara’s idea of tossing on a plastic poncho and going as TARP.

9. Bad enough to lose your salary—the Incredible Shrinking Severance Check adds insult to injury…

A daily review of the employment fallout around the country and the world.

Today’s Total: over

Lithuania is shutting down its only nuclear power facility, eliminating more than 2,000 jobsLouisiana is eliminating 445 healthcare positions

It was a very big year.

Several months ago we wrote about “recession speed“—the way things happened at an accelerated pace in the downturn. Banks failed overnight. Jobs vanished in a snap. In 2009, we’ve all experienced sudden losses, big and small. But (the upside!) we’ve also learned, earned and reaped some benefits. Here’s a partial roster of what’s been lost and found. What else should be on the list? Tell us in comments.

What We Lost

Jobs: The Department of Labor hasn’t put out official numbers for all of 2009, but adding up monthly data shows that more than 4 million jobs have been lost this year. More than 15 million people are looking for jobs in the U.S.

Any Sense of Job Security: See above.

When it came to the movies this year, it certainly was not our father’s (or grandfather, or great-grandfather’s) downturn. Like moviegoing in the Depression, more of us surely flocked to the cinema, but we were truly after an escape this time.

As Patrick J. Sauer noted earlier this year, Hollywood circa 1930 turned out films that reflected the times – Gold Diggers of 1933, Hallelujah I’m A Bum and Our Daily Bread, to name a few. This year, we had The Hangover. Clocking in at a $459.4 million global box office, I think we can safely say we weren’t eager to have our hard times memorialized on the silver screen just yet…

A daily review of the employment fallout around the country and the world.

Today’s Total: over 143

The Good News: More employers are said to be planning to hire in 2010.

The Bad News: US Fidelis in Missouri is laying off “hundreds” of workers