Unemployment

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

Today’s Total: 4,589

Philippine Airlines plans to lay off 4,000 workers to avoid bankruptcy. … In Turkey, Izmir Demir Celik Sanayi AS will cut 177 employees. … As part of a restructuring plan, Cadence Design Systems in San Jose, Calif., will lay off 120 workers. … The Moraine Berry Co. in Dayton, Oh., will see 105 employees let go as a result of a focus on digital operations. … Douglas Battery Manufacturing will cut 90 workers with the sale of its industrial battery unit in North Carolina. .. Meredith Corporation cut 45 employees. … Boeing laid off 36 employees in its NASA Kennedy Space Center location. … The Reno, Nev., fire department issued 16 layoffs on Friday. … Eight to 10 employees are expected to be laid off this week by the city of Juneau, Alaska. ..Up to 450 employees could be cut from the Des Moines school system, including 300 teachers, depending on the budget. …

There are a lot of people without jobs out there, and there are not a lot of openings. No matter how anxious you’re getting about your unemployed state, about a stalled career, about running out of money, just trust me–when you land a new gig, there are things you will miss about not having a job. So enjoy it while it lasts.

Here’s what I miss most:

Eating healthier

I ate way better when I didn’t have a job. I had more time to shop and cook and less stress-induced sugar cravings. Plus, there’s no vending machine in my house. I miss taking my time at the health food store and farmer’s market, hunting down healthy bargains and cooking up dishes that were good for me.

Being fitter

Less money for transportation means more walking and biking. More time on your hands means more time for the gym.

Naps

No explanation needed…

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

Today’s Total: 500

Sykes Enterprises, Inc., a Milton-Freewater, OR based call center, is laying off 300 employees due to “the cyclical nature of contracts”… Universal Music Group has laid off 50 employees across its labels and divisions… 45 positions will be eliminated at the Fort Worth, TX Star Telegram40 attorneys and staff are being let go from the nationwide offices of Seyfarth Shaw… North Carolina plant Pepsi Bottling Ventures is cutting 35 jobs, about 20 percent of its workforce…

Screwed: 240 at Avon

by Olga Tchoumak on January 13, 2010 in News,Work

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

Today’s Total: 351

240 jobs will face elimination next month at Avon‘s distribution center in Glenview, Ill. … Dearborn Public Schools sent layoff notices to 30 teachers and assistant principals this past Monday. … Warner Bros. Interactive has laid off 25 employees from three of its Seattle-based studios. … In another round of layoffs, the Sacramento Bee will be laying off 25 staff by the end of January. … 19 jobs are being cut in Northern Berkshire Healthcare in Massachusetts. … In Reno, 12 non-union municipal workers have received layoff notices in an effort to level the budget shortage. … AOL plans to close some European offices while cutting an unknown number of U.S. jobs

Whether you’ve been laid off, hate your job or just have that uncomfortable, it’s-not-really-me feeling at work, you’ve probably faced this question recently: What the $@%# do I do with myself?

You might even feel like you haven’t managed to unearth your most special abilities. If that sounds familiar, check out this post we recently found at Skelliewag. The gist of it is that you have hidden talents, “things you could do that would make you happy. But you don’t know it yet.”

Skelliewag is talking about skills that aren’t necessarily practical, but isn’t it a great start for thinking about a career? I mean, there are people who manage to build careers out of things that my conservative grandparents would have deemed totally useless. (Personal stylist comes to mind.)

To find your new passion, write down a list and then just try stuff out. Seriously…

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

Today’s Total: 849

Louisiana’s Accent Marketing is handing out 340 layoff notices after the loss of its major client, Boost Mobile… Anheuser-Busch considers 263 employee layoffs as Belgian beer sales fall… An additional 116 employees have been cut from Pfizer‘s Pearl River facility workforce in Rockland County… Beginning in April, Queens-based restaurant supplier Cecilware Corp. will be letting go of 80 workers… Power transmission cable production company Alcan Cable is eliminating 33 positions from its Wilbur, Ore. location… 17 members of the United Steelworkers union have been laid off from Cascade Steel Rolling Mills on the west coast…

Screwed: 3,000 in Romania

by Laura Rich on January 7, 2010 in News,Work

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

Today’s total: 4,642

In Romania, the government has decided to cut 3,000 workers who provide child care and elderly assistance. … Lockheed Martin will eliminate 1,200 positions as part of a restructuring. … Debswana, a joint venture between DeBeers and Botswana, will lay off 1,000 workers at the diamond operation there. … Call center company Sitel will close a Georgia office, putting 302 employees out of work. … United Airlines will lay off 140 workers and demote 100 additional workers to part-time status. …

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

Today’s Total: 593

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is cutting approximately 230 corporate and administrative jobs throughout its corporation… AT&T has announced plans to lay off 160 Connecticut employees by mid-February… Indiana steel plant Alcoa Warrick Operations plans to reduce its workforce by 145 employees… Heating and cooling systems supplier Westcode Inc. has cut 45 employeesOpus Northwest is eliminating 13 positions at its Portland and Seattle offices… Gov. Schwarzenegger may extend California‘s worker furloughs for another year…

Okay, so here we are: 2010. According to even the most doomsaying of economists—none less than Nouriel “Dr. Doom” Roubini—this is when things get better.

“I have said on numerous occasions that the recession would last roughly 24 months. Therefore, we are 19 months into that recession. If, as I predicted, the recession is over by the end of the year, it will have lasted 24 months with a recovery only beginning in 2010. Simply put I am not forecasting economic growth before year’s end.” (July 16, 2009, via RGE, Recessionwire)

Whether you agree with Larry Summers that “everybody agrees that the recession is over“…

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. …