“We are not immune to economics”: U.S. Hi-Tech/Communications breakdown, September 2017

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 September 2017:

Alabama: Electronics retailer Best Buy shutting down stores in Alabaster and Fultondale, at least 1-hundred jobs gone due to “a reaction to shopping trends”!

Alaska:  On 11 SEP 2017 bankrupt busted Alaska Dispatch News was put up for auction, only one buyer bid, a paltry $1-million USD.  Local news media reported that layoffs began immediately, and the new owners refuse to explain their plans for the newspaper.

California: San Francisco based Uber lost its license to operate in the British empire city of London, England, because Uber’s “…approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and security implications.”  Los Angeles based Fullscreen laid off about 23 people in an attempt to change-up its digital media programming.   The company that sells the outrageously priced ‘hi-tech’ juicer is now dead. After only 16 months, and despite selling “over a million” products, Juicero announced on its website that it gave up trying to sell its $4-hundred USD juicers online.  Santa Clara based Oracle killed 2-thousand-5-hundred Sun-Solaris-SPARC jobs!  A former Sun executive described the job cuts as “So deep as to be fatal”.  The creator of Java said “Solaris …got a bullet in the head from Oracle…”   Last month Oracle issued a WARN saying 1-thousand-18 jobs jobs would be killed, in California alone!  Palo Alto based Hewlett Packard (HP) just can’t stop killing jobs, this time 5-thousand more people, globally, will become jobless by Xmas, as the company continues to carve itself into smaller bits!  Cisco Systems just keeps killing jobs, this time 310 San Jose HQ employees getting the axe!  It was revealed that General Transworld shutdown its Carson office, back in May.  Marvel Semiconductor issued yet more layoff WARNs for its Santa Clara office, taking place from November through December.

Connecticut: Norwalk based Xerox eliminating 1-hundred additional jobs across three U.S. states; New York, Oregon and Texas!

Hawaii:  Oahu Publications- Honolulu Star-Advertiser eliminating ten jobs by October.

Illinois: RealClearPolitics suddenly laid off 20 people saying “We are not immune to economics”.  Champaign based video game maker Volition suddenly laid off more than 30 people. 

Indiana: Indianapolis based Angie’s List eliminating 230 jobs due to merger with competitor HomeAdvisor!

Minnesota: Electronics retailer Best Buy shutting down stores in Blaine and Inner Grove Heights, in time for Halloween.  The Inner Grove Heights store first opened in 1974.

Montana: Polysilicon producer REC Silicon suddenly laid off 30 people, blaming trade disputes between the governments of the U.S. and China.

New Jersey: Basking Ridge based Verizon canceling service for thousands of rural customers in 13 states because “…we discovered you are using a significant amount of data while roaming off the Verizon Wireless network. While we appreciate you choosing Verizon, after October 17, 2017, we will no longer offer service for the numbers listed above since your primary place of use is outside the Verizon service area.”  Gee, didn’t Verizon advertise itself as having the most service areas in the United States?

New York: The Village Voice suddenly laid off 13 of its 17 unionized employees as “part of a larger set of budget cuts”.  Arkansas based Windstream suddenly laid off 24 people in Rochester.  MD Electronics issued a shutdown WARN for its Jamestown automotive electronics factory, 87 jobs gone two days before Xmas.   Sykes issued a layoff WARN for its call center in Amherst, at least 46 jobs gone right after Xmas.  Xerox suddenly laid off 115 people at its distribution center in Webster, the center is shutting down by March 2018!  NYC based Viacom eliminated 20 jobs with its Paramount, TV Land and CMT operations.  Data collector Opinion Access issued a shutdown WARN, 460 jobs gone by Xmas!

Ohio:  Akron based Data Cooling Technologies now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, and laying off 125 people, due to fewer sales than expected!   Electronics retailer Best Buy shutting down store in Perrysburg, 26 jobs gone in time for Halloween.

Oregon: After only seven years Japan based Panasonic shutting down its Salem solar power plant, 92 jobs gone in time for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.  Local news revealed that state taxpayers gave the original builder of the solar plant, Japan based Sanyo, $40-million USD through the Business Energy Tax Credit Program.  That tax credit deal was to be in effect until 2015, but in 2012 Sanyo sold out to Panasonic. OpenGate Capital owned Pacific Crest Transformers eliminating 110 jobs in time for Thanksgiving, “Due to financial reasons”!  Local news media said the sudden announcement “shocked” everybody.   Sykes issued a shutdown WARN for its call center in Eugene, 181 jobs gone right after Halloween!

Texas: Mormon Glenn Beck’s Irving based The Blaze network laid off “…just over 20 percent of the combined workforce of Mercury Radio Arts and TheBlaze.”  In Round Rock, Novitex Enterprise Solution laying off 86 people in November due to the “sudden and unexpected loss of its contract with Dell”.  California based Oracle (Oracle America) eliminating 108 jobs in Austin by the end of October!  AT&T shutting down its El Paso call center, 278 jobs gone by Xmas!  ValueWalk described Dallas based AT&T thusly “Despite bringing in over $1 billion in profits, AT&T….   …has become one of the worst job destroyers in recent years, relying more and more on offshoring….”

Virginia:  McLean based Gannett announced yet more job cuts, this time 210 newspaper jobs across the U.S. are being eliminated due to “difficult headwinds” regarding advertising.

Washington: Seattle based F5 Networks suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of people after its 2nd Quarter ‘cloud’ revenues were unexpectedly down.   Never mind that F5 is spending boo-koo bucks on a Seattle skyscraper now called F5 Tower.

U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, August 2017: “WE HAVE TOO MANY PEOPLE”