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 November 2017:
Internet based WebMD laid off about 170 people after being taken over by vulture capitalist KKR-Internet Brands!
Online news media outlets Washington DC focused DCist, New York City & Chicago focused DNAinfo and eight city focused Gothamist suddenly shutdown, basically because the billionaire owner refused to recognize his New York employees’ new union!
Deutschland based electrical engineering giant Siemens announced it will eliminate 6-thousand-9-hundred jobs globally, including 1-thousand-8-hundred jobs in the United States! Administrators blame “The power generation industry is experiencing disruption of unprecedented scope and speed. Renewables are putting other forms of power generation under increasing pressure.”
Arkansas: Communications company Windstream Holdings laid off 11 people as part of consolidation operations.
California: After only two years General Electric (GE) Digital already eliminating 148 jobs from its relatively new software development ops in San Ramon! NerdWallet suddenly laid off 53 people for failing to make the internet financier profitable. Brocade Communications eliminating 308 jobs after Xmas, due to being taken over by BroadCom! BuzzFeed eliminating 1-hundred jobs due to missing revenue goal! AutoDesk eliminating 1-thousand-150 jobs as it radically changes its business model! San Jose based TechShop suddenly died, suddenly shutting down all ten U.S. locations on 15 NOV 2017! Is it because membership with TechShop was reported to cost $1-thousand USD? Verizon’s Oath Inc eliminating 90 jobs in Sunnyvale in January 2018. Also in Sunnyvale, Infinera Corporation suddenly laid off 73 people. Sunnyvale based Yahoo laid off 560 people in the British empire’s United Kingdom! Los Angeles based Fullscreen suddenly laid off 25 people and will halt its streaming service in 2018. San Rafael based TellTale Games eliminating 90 jobs in January 2018, in an effort to be more competitive. After four years San Francisco based ‘hearables’ maker Doppler Labs now dead due to lack of sales. Prysm Visual Workplace (Prysm Inc) issued a shutdown WARN for its San Jose location, 148 jobs gone by the end of January 2018! Membrane switch manufacturer Nelson-Miller issued a shutdown WARN for its Los Angeles ops, 127 jobs gone right after Xmas! Florida based Citrix Systems eliminating 97 jobs in Santa Clara, in December. Collection Technology eliminating 13 jobs in January 2018. Symantec continues killing jobs, this time 46 people jobless by December. C.T. Mac eliminating 154 jobs in Orange and Riverside counties, in January 2018!
Colorado: After 20 years internet based Door to Door Organics food delivery service shutdown without warning, vaguely blaming “recent events in our industry”. The Denver Post laid off seven people. Almost brand new online news media outlet Denverite already eliminating jobs, saying “journalism is a tough industry”.
Connecticut: Disney owned, Bristol based ESPN eliminating an additional 150 jobs! In Norwalk, GE (General Electric) Digital issued a layoff WARN, 80 jobs gone at the end of January 2018.
Georgia: The gov’na announced that taxpayers are being forced to pay an additional $35-million (on top of the $58-million) USD for a massive cyber security/cybercrimes unit campus in Augusta. The second largest radio station operator in the U.S., Cumulus Media, now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, due to $2.4-billion USD in debts.
Idaho: Clearwater Research issued a WARN, 101 jobs in Boise gone right after Xmas!
Illinois: Honeywell made a sudden announcement saying it must halt nuclear power/weapons production at its Metropolis factory, 170 jobs gone before Thanksgiving due to lack of sales! NBC Sports Chicago suddenly laid off 12 people.
Louisiana: Monroe based CenturyLink suddenly laid off 165 employees, blaming “redundancies”!
Maryland: Digital news outlet owner Tronc suddenly shutdown its Baltimore City Paper.
Michigan: The Detroit News wants employees to voluntarily quit (buyouts) right before Xmas, in preparation for “a tight budget in the year ahead”.
New York: Magazine publisher Condé Nast laid off seven GQ employees, including digital editors, and is halting Teen Vogue hardcopy printing, killing at least 80 jobs. Massachusetts based API Technologies shutting down its Fairpoint ops, 61 jobs gone by February 2018. B&H Foto and Electronics shutting down its Navy Yard Facility ops, 239 jobs gone by February 2018, due to the company moving to New Jersey! Capacitor maker AVX Corporation shutting down its Olean Advanced Products factory by February 2018. Online based New Media News issued a shutdown WARN, 74 jobs in NYC gone by February 2018.
North Carolina: The evil Carlyle Group owned, and now schizophrenic, Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) laid off 12 InfoTech employees, and is laying off an undisclosed number of HR employees, as part of off-shoring of jobs to an unnamed European location, while at the same time claims to be hiring “hundreds” of new employees.
Ohio: Quad-Graphics shutting down its ‘junk mail’ advertisement printing ops in Columbus, 116 jobs gone right after Xmas! Government InfoTech contractor CGI Federal issued a WARN, 64 jobs in Cleveland gone by January 2018.
Oregon: Microsoft increased the number of jobs being eliminated at its Wilsonville operations to 125! Microsoft is eventually shutting down its Wilsonville Surface Hub ops and moving most of the work to China. In Portland, Jive eliminating 18 jobs after Xmas. SureID-Fortior Solutions issued a WARN, 25 jobs gone by the end of January 2018 “due to an unforeseen change in business circumstances”.
Pennsylvania: After only ten years making LED bulbs Appalachian Lighting Systems now chapter 11 bankrupt busted. Spirited Media laid off five people due to lack of revenues.
Texas: In San Antonio, government InfoTech contractor CGI Federal eliminating 169 jobs!
Washington: Seattle based Runic Games suddenly shutdown by its owner Perfect World. Seattle based Amazon shutting down its Amazon Fresh grocery service in at least nine U.S. states!
Washington DC: Construction industry database publisher Hanley Wood laid off at least 16 people. Reports that Washington City Paper is for sale.
Wisconsin: Automotive database ‘integrator’ Authenticom eliminating at least 55 jobs by February 2018, due to legal battles with competitors.
U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, October 2017: “SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL PRESSURE”