More proof you brick-n-mortar store owners can’t directly blame the internet/high-tech competition for your demise. Incomplete list of U.S. internet/high-tech/communications job destruction announcements in June 2017:
California: Yahoo! issued multiple layoff WARNs for multiple locations, more than 420 jobs lost, possibly due to Yahoo!’s sale to Verizon! In Los Angeles, Fox Sports suddenly laid off 20 people, but claims they’ll be hiring as many in other departments. In Santa Clara, Intel issued a layoff WARN, 93 jobs lost by mid-August. Also in Santa Clara, Marvell Semiconductor made another monthly round of a handful of layoffs. ‘Social’ game maker Playtika eliminating 10 jobs in Santa Monica in August. Milestone Technologies, “…leading IT Managed Services Provider with a mission…”, shutting down its Chico ops, 123 jobs lost by the end of July! Arizona based electronics distributor Avnet issued a shutdown WARN for its San Jose ops, 94 jobs lost by August. El Paso Communication Systems shutting down its ops in San Diego in August. In Scotts Valley the hi-tech company that wanted to force you to turn your ‘dumb’ car into a trackable/controllable ‘smart’ car, Pearl Automation, is now dead, suddenly shutting down due to lack of funding. Idaho’s Micron eliminating 57 jobs in Milpitas, by September.
Connecticut: Optical networking company Lumentum Operations issued a shutdown WARN, 175 people in Bloomfield jobless by March 2018!
Florida: The Orlando Sentinel eliminating 115 jobs by the end of December!
Iowa: California based call-center operator Alorica suddenly laid off 44 people in West Des Moines.
New York: The merger between Verizon and Yahoo!-AOL will result in at least 2-thousand-1-hundred jobs being eliminated! Ridesharing application GT Forge-Gett shutting down in NYC, 62 jobs gone by September. The New York Times warning of mass layoffs if not enough employees accept the bribe to voluntarily quit (buyouts). Competing newspapers say The New York Times has already eliminated 109 jobs! Troubled ‘Peer to peer’ e-commerce Etsy continues killing jobs, the latest reports say an additional 140 people will be laid off, bringing the total so far to 230! Time says it has to eliminate 3-hundred jobs by the end of the year, through bribes to quit (buyouts) and out-right layoffs! It was revealed that attempts to sell the iconic news outlet failed. Marketing/web designer Zone 5 now chapter 11 bankrupt busted and facing eviction for failure to pay rent. Supposed real-news website based Huffington Post (HuffPost) laid off 39 people after being taken-over by Verizon. ‘Automated online marketplace’ Merchant Cash & Capital-BIZFI eliminating at least 43 jobs by September.
North Carolina: Despite the boasts/threats from Donald Trump, home improvement retailer Lowes is eliminating 120 InfoTech jobs in Mooresville, those jobs are being off-shored to India!
Oregon: SureID updated its mass layoff WARN saying as many as 297 people will lose their jobs due to the company losing a tax-sucking U.S. Navy contract!
Pennsylvania: California based ‘maker space’ TechShop shutting down its Pittsburgh location, if it doesn’t get $360-thousand USD in donations before September.
Texas: In Austin, administrators for ‘successful’ education-tech company Civitas admitted they laid off about 10% of their employees (company admin refused to give specific numbers) back in May, due to “…a lot of experimentation.”
U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, May 2017: “TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT”