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Obama Legacy: “…a severe recession…”

09 February 2017 (16:19 UTC-07 Tango 06) 21 Bahman 1395/12 Jumada l-Ula 1438/13 Ren Yin 4715

On Nightly Business Report oil analyst John Kilduff essentially bitch-slapped the Obama regime’s optimistic claims about the economy (and despite reports that “Obama has presided over America’s biggest oil boom ever“), specifically using demand for oil as a gauge of how bad the economy was during the last few weeks of the Obama regime: “…it had reached such a low level……in demand that you would see during a sever recession.”

The crashing oil industry began under Obama’s watch, but Trump regime haters take heart, Kilduff also warned that economic and environmental policy changes in China could result in a huge shutdown of industry causing demand for world oil production to crash by 900-thousand barrels per day!  Meaning it’s likely the oil industry crash caused by crashing demand, which is caused by people and industries not having enough money to buy oil products, which is a sign of a suck-ass economy,  will continue under Tump.

OBAMA LEGACY: TRADE DEFICIT AT RECORD LEVEL?

Obama Legacy: Trade Deficit at record level?

07 February 2017 (13:55 UTC-07 Tango 06) 19 Bahman 1395/10 Jumada l-Ula 1438/11 Ren Yin 4715

U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis revealed that the past four years of the 2nd term of Barack Obama did nothing to reduce the trade deficit between the United States and the rest of the world:  “For 2016, the goods and services deficit increased $1.9 billion, or 0.4 percent, from 2015. Exports decreased $51.7 billion or 2.3 percent. Imports decreased $49.9 billion or 1.8 percent.”

But wait, the devil is in the details and Donald Trump can’t blame China as the data shows the trade deficit with the country he loves to hate (along with Mexico) actually declined: “The deficit with China decreased $20.1 billion to $347.0 billion in 2016. Exports decreased $0.3 billion to $115.8 billion and imports decreased $20.4 billion to $462.8 billion.”

Who can we blame? We could blame Obama for not being anti-oil like so many of his blind faith followers think he is.

According to the data, the overall trade deficit increase (for the entire Gregorian year of 2016) came mainly from the drastic U.S. petroleum industry cutbacks in production, and massive layoffs (as I’ve documented on BlindBatNews), in an effort to force the price of oil back to record highs: “Exports of goods decreased $50.5 billion to $1,459.8 billion in 2016. Exports of goods on a Census basis decreased $47.9 billion. * Industrial supplies and materials decreased $28.2 billion. o Fuel oil decreased $6.5 billion. o Organic chemicals decreased $3.8 billion. o Other petroleum products decreased $2.9 billion. * Capital goods decreased $20.1 billion. o Drilling and oilfield equipment decreased $3.7 billion. o Other industrial machines decreased $3.0 billion. Net balance of payments adjustments decreased $2.5 billion.”

The other culprit was the evil banking industry (Wells Fargo anybody?): “Exports of services decreased $1.3 billion to $749.6 billion in 2016. * Financial services decreased $7.3 billion. * Charges for the use of intellectual property decreased $4.4 billion. * Other business services, which includes research and development services; professional and management services; and technical, trade-related, and other services, increased $5.2 billion.”

Just remember, this all happened under Obama’s watch.

OBAMA LEGACY: MUJAHIDEEN RE-TAKE MORE OF AFGHANISTAN

“I am fighting….an unwinnable fight.” : U.S. Banking/Retail/Service sector destruction December 2016

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns for December 2016:

Alabama: JCPenney shutting down their Madison Square Mall store, 120 jobs lost by the end of January 2017!  Local news reports partly blame a major taxpayer co-funded ($12-million USD coming from the city of Huntsville) redevelopment of the mall, which requires the mall to be demolished.

Arizona: Tempe based skateboarding clothier Industrial Ride Shop now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  News reports indicate that Industrial Ride Shop hasn’t paid rent on several of its U.S. retail locations.

 California: Texas based Tuesday Morning shutting down its Granite Bay store when the inventory is gone.  Bankrupt busted Los Angeles based American Apparel shutdown 12 of 13 British empire United Kingdom stores, and sold its global rights to British empire Canada rival Gildan Activewear, on top of suddenly shutting down nine stores across the U.S.    France based fashion retailer Louis Vuitton shutting down a San Francisco location, 37 jobs gone by March 2017. Also in San Francisco, after 30 years Russel’s Convenience Store forced to shutdown by the evil landlord who suddenly altered the lease. In San Diego, Sea World issued a layoff WARN, 60 amusement park jobs gone by February 2017, as part of SeaWorld Entertainment’s plan to kill 320 jobs across the U.S. in 2017!  In Santa Clarita, Princess Cruises issued a layoff WARN, 61 InfoTech jobs gone by February 2017.  What housing market recovery?  Prospect Mortgage issued a layoff WARN for their Sherman Oaks ops, 94 jobs gone by the end of January 2017.  Retailer Target issued a shutdown WARN for their Cupertino store, 208 jobs gone by the end of January 2017!  In Vista, 58 years old Dura Paint Store shutting down by February 2017, the owners are moving to Colorado. In Santa Maria, after more than 30 years Betty’s Fabrics shutdown: “People are not making clothes anymore……There are two generations of young ladies who did not learn how to sew.”-Betty Pilkington, owner

Colorado: Iconic outdoor gear company Coleman shutting down their HQ in Golden, 54 jobs gone by February 2017.  The evil owner of Coleman, Georgia based Newell Brands, is consolidating ops to Illinois.

Connecticut: Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issued yet another layoff WARN, ten more people in Stamford jobless by February 2017.

Florida: Tennessee based marketer and job outsourcer Sitel issued a shutdown WARN for their Pompano Beach operations, 804 jobs gone by the end of February 2017!  Facility maintenance company Encompass Onsite laid off 162 jobs in Fort Lauderdale!  Reports that Ohio based clothier The Limited shutting down all Sunshine State stores in 2017! Jennifer Lopez’s Endless Jewelry North and South America now chapter 7 bankrupt, which usually means they’re dead.  In Tampa, after 25 years Olga’s Bridal Boutique shutdown.  Local news media say it was the oldest family owned bridal business in Tampa.

Georgia: In Columbus, after 87 years V.V. Vick Jeweler shutdown, the owner Penny Vick stated “Because of my medical condition, I have no choice.”  In Dalton, after 10 years popular Bear Creek Bicycle shutdown:  “I am fighting, in my opinion, an unwinnable fight. ….. I don’t begrudge people for shopping on the internet, because we all do it. I don’t blame them for making a fiscally sound decision, but I am having to make a fiscally sound decision myself. And that means I am having to move on.”-Shane Adams, owner

Illinois:  In Kankakee, Volkmann Diamonds shutdown, the owner lamenting “It just doesn’t pay to keep this going anymore.”  Cole Haan shutdown their Magnificiant Mile clothing accesory store, due to not being able to afford the new lease.   Chicago based internet financier Argon Credit now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, right after promising to hire 150 people. Fitness center operator Club Ventures Investments suddenly shutdown a Chicago location, 57 jobs lost without warning.  Club Ventures Investments told state regulators it was due to “financial” reasons.  The Inn of Chicago shutting down, 89 employees unemployed by the end of January 2017, due to being sold. Nordstrom’s clothing supplier Trunk Club shutting down their Goose Island distribution center, 157 jobs lost by September 2017!  Also in Chicago, RPM Advertising eliminating 50 jobs by the end of January 2017.  In Des Plaines, Van Ru Credit laying off 37 people by February 2017. In Gurnee, Packers Sanitation Service lost their contract, 40 jobs lost in January 2017. In Jacksonville, after 45 years autoshop Ken’s Garage shutdown.  In Farmer City, Harris TV & Appliance shutdown after 63 years: “We have the greatest customers in the world. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough of them. You get to the point where you are basically just writing checks for insurance and utilities and you don’t even pay yourself. Actually, my brother and I haven’t paid ourselves in years.”-David Harris, co-owner

Kansas: In Shawnee, She’s A Pistol gun-shop shutdown, due partly to legal costs after a fatal 2015 gun fight that took place inside the store. Four armed robbers shot and killed one of the co-owners, the other co-owner (and spouse of the murdered co-owner) tried to keep the operation going, even after one of the criminals threatened a lawsuit due to being wounded during the crime: “Mounting legal fees, the increased labor expenses, things like that. I got behind, and as you get behind, the late fees and penalties pile up and it creates a vicious cycle that just puts you further and further in debt….  There’s just nothing left.”-Becky Bieker, co-owner and survivor of armed robbery that took the life of her husband, commenting to local Fox4KC TV station

In Topeka, Hair Secrets shutdown after 26 years of supporting women with cancer.   Iconic outdoor gear company Coleman shutdown their last U.S. service center in Wichita.  The evil owner of Coleman, Georgia based Newell Brands, is consolidating ops and claims that only 1% of the repair center employees lost their jobs, which is hard to believe as Newell Brands’ consolidation will result in the shutdown of 16 of its 32 “business units”.

Louisiana: In New Orleans, after ten years t-shirt shop Storyville shutdown, due to a copyright battle with the National Football League (NFL).   Toys R Us shutting down its Marrero store, by the end of January 2017.  Local TV news reports say customers are pissed because it is a popular store, and Toys R Us admin refuse to say why they’re shutting down a store that seems to have a lot of sales.

Maryland: In Towson, upscale (elitist) children’s store Corduroy Button shutdown.

Massachusetts: In Wareham, Taylor Rental shutdown after 42 years.  In Amesbury, Fiddlestix Toys shutdown right after Xmas: “It’s has been a hard recession……I need to have a knee replacement and I would like to see my brothers.”-Joyce Reed, owner

Michigan: In Grand Rapids, after almost 50 years Elliott’s News and Tobacco shutdown: “Profit margins aren’t as good as they used to be and the cost of rent downtown has gone up tremendously.”-Bill Bennett, owner

Minnesota: Ohio based Macy’s shutting down its iconic Nicollette Mall store in 2017.  In Rochester, the Arrow Ace Hardware in Miracle Mile shutting down in January 2017, due to a construction project.   In Stillwater, after 110 years Gaalaas Jewelers shutdown. California based Williams Sonoma shutting down their Mall of America store by mid-January 2017.  Thrift store Isle Helping Hand Clothing Closet shutting down by March 2017.  Historic 122 years old Godahl General Store shutdown. It was the third oldest general store in the United States: It’s a financial issue. It’s been in trouble for 15 years.”-Nate Frederickson, Godahl Store Board member

Missouri: In Kansas City, after 70 years Crick Camera Shop shutting down by January 2017.  In Paris, after more than 35 years McLaughlin Western Store shutdown, the owners saying they must change “our focus a little bit.” In Sedalia, Stage Stores owned Goody’s clothing store shutting down, 11 jobs lost in January 2017.  It’s part of Stage Stores plan to shutdown stores in 2017.  In Springfield, Mitt Romney wunderkind Staples shutting down a store on the North Kansas Expressway, by February 2017.  After 45 years John’s Suit Shop shutting down in January 2017, co-owner Steve Divine reminisced “Suits used to be $25, with two pairs of pants, reversible vests, made in the U.S.A.”

New Hampshire: Hubert’s Family Outfitters shutting down their 20 years old Woodsville store when the inventory is gone, their four years old Goffstown store is already shutdown: “The business decision is pretty easy. If you’re not seeing a profit, and the future doesn’t look brighter, it’s not really a difficult decision……The challenging part of the closing is the people”-Tom Hubert

New Mexico: In Albuquerque, 98 years old Valiant Printing shutdown due to the property being sold.  Golf course Club Rio Rancho shutdown due to financial troubles like not being able to pay the $350-thousand USD water bill.

New York: Retailer Gracious Homes issued mass shutdown WARNs for three stores, 142 people jobless between now and the end of January 2017!  In Watertown the 84 Lumber store shutdown after 19 years, it’s part of their plan to consolidate stores across the U.S.  Gift store Hallmark shutting down their Destiny USA store by the end of January 2017.  Hotel operator Marriott International laying off 15 people at its StarLab Ops, by the end of March 2017.  Laundry service Prestige Industries shutting down their Bay Shore ops, 141 jobs gone by January 2017, due to “Unexpected collapse of the tunnel washer system.”   Fitness center operator Club Ventures Investments suddenly shutdown four of their David Barton Gyms, 238 jobs lost without warning just five days before Xmas!  What housing market recovery? PHH Mortgage issued a shutdown WARN for their Williamsville operations, 254 people jobless by mid-2017!  In Orchard Park, Stein Mart shutting down by February 2017, management refused to say why.

North Carolina: In Washington, the now AMC owned Carmike Cinema shutdown without warning after 40 years, local news media report that management was told not to tell anybody about the shutdown. In Ashville, known for having live concerts Karmasonics Music Video shutdown.  And Rosebud Video shutdown, it was the odlest indepedantly owned video store in Ashville.  After 18 years WallerBears Surf Shop shutdown their South Charlotte location due to not being able to renew the lease: “Small specialty retail, I feel like, is impossible. I’m not sure it can be done anymore.”-Barrett Cornelison, owner

Ohio: Clothier The Limited shutdown two stores in Niles, and is laying off at least 2-hundred people at its HQ in Columbus!  It’s part of The Limited’s plan to shutdown dozens of stores across the United States, in an attempt to avoid bankruptcy.  In Mayfield Heights, one time journalism student and school teacher Barry Siegler shutdown his Lee Jewelers after 68 successful years of “I never had any interest or aspirations to be a jeweler, let alone open a business.”

Oklahoma: Toys R Us shutting down one of three Tulsa area stores, by the end of January 2017.  In Enid, after almost 20 years Hidden Treasures shutdown, local news media called the gift store “iconic”.

Oregon: Taxpayer funded Goodwill shutdown their Rogue River location.  Local TV station NBC5 said employees were not given a reason for the shutdown of the supposedly popular thrift store.

Pennsylvania:  Pittsburgh based 84 Lumber accusing Georgia based New Visions Real Estate, and two individuals, of failing to pay for $60-thousand in construction supplies.    Packers Sanitation Service eliminating jobs in two cities, 161 people unemployed by January 2017!   Quad Graphics issued a WARN for their York location, 193 jobs lost by mid-January 2017! In Pittsburgh, after 25 years furniture store Artistry shutdown.  In Frazer, after almost 40 years John S. Price Jeweler shutting down when the inventory is gone.

Tennessee: Goody’s shutting down their Cookeville store, for the second time according to local news reports.

Texas: In Katy, gift store Cottage Door shutdown after more than 20 years.  In Fort Worth, Leddy’s Ranch store shutdown its Sundance Square location, as part of its plans to consolidate stores.

Vermont: In Burlington, known for dressing up local women for national and international events Marylyn’s shutting down her brick-n-mortar specialty clothing store and turning to internet jewelry sales only.  Too Big to Jail Citizens Bank shutting down their 41 years old White River Junction office by February 2017.

Virginia: In Salem, after almost 75 years Ridenhour music store shutdown so the owners could do “something different”.   Home Depot shutting down their Charles City cabinet warehouse, 70 jobs lost by the end of January 2017.  Home Depot admin claim they tried every option to keep the warehouse open, and even tried to sell it, but it all failed.   Toy store Phyl’s of Bristol shutdown, the owners blamed it on failed taxpayer funded attempts by city leaders to increase business, which actually resulted in two years of crashing sales.  Convenience store Ladysmith Citgo shutdown after 78 years.  The shutdown is the result of a Walmart being built nearby, which will force the construction of a new road right through the iconic store’s property.  Local news reports say the store began in The Great Depression as a general store and post office.

Washington: Sports stadium operator Seattle Sportservice issued a shutdown WARN, 761 jobs gone by mid-February 2017!  In Issaquah, Mitt Romney wunderkind Staples shutting down a store on Front Street North, by January 2017.

Wisconsin: 39 years old Donn Powers Jeweler shutdown.  In Superior, after 18 years (and despite repeated news reports that records are making a comeback) record store Vinyl Cave shutdown.

Retail/Banking/Service sector November 2016: “NOBODY EVEN KNOWS WE’RE HERE!”

U.S. industrial destruction December 2016: “WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY MEANINGFUL RECOVERY”

SEARS KMART SELF-DESTRUCT DECEMBER 2016: IT’S A CRIME! SEARS STOPS HONORING WARRANTIES!

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification.

I found a 2010 AFL-CIO analysis (titled The Public Availability of WARN Notices: Lack of Accessibility and Disclosure…) which proves what I’ve been suspecting in my search of state WARN notices; most states are not complying with federal WARN regulations and are not publicizing or tracking mass layoffs.

Former employees who receive severance are not counted as unemployed!

Employees of religious non-profits might not qualify for unemployment assistance: “If the non-profit organization is a church, you may or may not be entitled to unemployment. It all depends upon state regulations for church employers. In many cases, churches are allowed to set their own rules regarding unemployment benefits, meaning the church can choose whether to offer benefits to former employees.”

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) no longer issues mass layoff reports: “On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the- board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all ‘measuring green jobs’ products. This news release is the final publication of monthly mass layoff survey data.”

Obama Legacy: Record 95-million + unemployed & not counted!

13 January 2017 / 22:27 UTC-07 Tango 06 (25 Dey 1395/15 Rabi ‘ath-Thani 1438/17 Ji Chou 4714)

Obama regime creates new legacy as the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a record 95-million 102-thousand U.S. citizen, ages 16 and up, are Not In Labor Force during December 2016.

Not In Labor Force refers to people unemployed for various reasons and who are not looking for work.  Those Not In Labor Force people are not used to calculate the ‘official’ unemployment percentage as reported by main stream news media, meaning the number of unemployed ‘Mericans is much higher than ‘officially’ reported.

“UNCERTAINTY ABOUT FUTURE GOVERNMENT FUNDING” : OBAMACARE DEATH SPIRAL, DECEMBER 2016

THE GREAT RENEGER: OBAMA DEPLOYS ADDITIONAL MARINES TO AFGHANISTAN!

“WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY MEANINGFUL RECOVERY” : U.S. MINING/INDUSTRIAL/LOGISTICS LAYOFFS, DECEMBER 2016

A NATION DIVIDED CANNOT STAND: MINIMUM WAGE EXPLODES UNITED STATES?

Toyota lies about not moving U.S. jobs to Mexico!

06 January 2017 (14:18 UTC-07 Tango 06) 17 Dey 1395/07 Rabi ‘ath-Thani 1438/09 Ji Chou 4714

“Once we decide to build a facility, we have to take responsibility for employment and the local society.”-Toyoda Akio, Toyota Motor President, during interview with NHK about plans to build a new factory in Mexico, 06 January 2017

“Toyota plans on manufacturing Corollas in Mexico….”-NHK, 05 January 2017

In past couple of days there were news reports of president elect Donald Trump threatening Nipponese company Toyota with huge tariffs if it moves production of Corollas to Mexico.  I’ve watched several reports on Nippon’s NHK (Nippon Housou Kyoukai/Japan Broadcasting Corporation), one report in which Toyota administrators actually stated they never had plans to move U.S. production to Baja California, Mexico.  That’s a lie!

In my December industrial job destruction report I wrote “Kentucky: What automotive industry recovery? Japan based Toyota eliminating the remaining 650 jobs as it shuts down its North American HQ in Erlanger!  News reports say at one time there were nearly 2-thousand Toyota employees in Kentucky.”

This is interesting because Toyota’s own U.S. website says “This is an exciting time to be a part of Toyota, as we bring together all of our headquarters operations in Plano, TX (about 20 miles north of Dallas), expand our technical center near York Township, MI, and build a new production engineering facility in Georgetown, KY.”

Some of those Kentucky jobs are going to Mexico!  It’s not just Toyota’s HQ in Kentucky that’s ‘moving’ to Mexico, but factory jobs across the U.S. as well.

NHK reporters pointed out that Toyota has already spent the past few years building a new factory in Mexico, proving that Toyota does plan to move U.S. production to Mexico.   Back in 2014, Toyota announced it would consolidate it’s U.S. factory production by the end of 2018, however, Toyota claimed it was moving the jobs to Texas and Michigan, not Mexico.

At the beginning of January 2017, some of the 648 Toyota HQ staff in Erlanger began leaving for the new HQ in Plano, Texas.  Toyota factories in California and New York are shutting down production under the consolidation plan (already in 2015 Toyota shifted Tacoma production from California to Texas).

But another clue that Toyota is planning on moving U.S. jobs to Mexico is the fact that Mexico’s leaders are trying to make deals to keep jobs in Mexico, including Toyota jobs since “Toyota is spending $1bn to expand its Mexican facilities and Akio Toyoda, its president, said the company will ‘see what policies the incoming [US] president adopts’ before deciding whether to take action.”

WORLD WAR 3: RUSSIA BACKS UP BLIND BAT NEWS’ CLAIM AS TO WHERE ALL THOSE ISIS TOYOTAS ARE COMING FROM!

FALSE FLAG OR INCOMPETENCE? 21,000 KG THERMOBARIC ‘BOMBS’ HIT TOYOTA’S CHINA OPS

2015: TOYOTA SUDDENLY KILLS 941 JOBS IN CALIFORNIA!

Press Telegram: Toyota to lay off 100 at Long Beach plant

2014: TOYOTA ABANDONS U.S. CAR MARKET?

“We do not anticipate any meaningful recovery” : U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics Layoffs, December 2016

Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss announcements and shutdowns for December 2016.

What the main stream news media economic ‘experts’ aren’t telling you is that for all those industrial job ‘creations’ they report, almost just as many factory workers have been forced out of work, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, meaning there is almost zero true job growth in the U.S. industrial sector!

California: Public transportation contractor Global Paratransit issued a layoff WARN, 105 people jobless in Gardena by the end of February 2017!   In Mira Loma, GBW Railcar issued a layoff WARN, 142 jobs lost by the end of February 2017!  In Rialto, Ryder laying off 28 people in January 2017.  Tax sucker Boeing issued yet more layoff WARNS, this time 22 Californians unemployed during February 2017.

Connecticut: In Danbury, FuelCell Energy laid off 96 people as a result of “backlog”.

Illinois:  Alabama Metal Industry Corporation (AMICo) shutting down its Bourbonnais factory, 86 jobs gone by February 2017.  Local news media say the shutdown announcment was a shock because AMICo just spent $5-million USD upgrading the factory.   What automotive industry recovery?  Peoria based Caterpillar restated their plan for massive layoffs in 2017, claiming their analysts of the economy is that things are only going to get worse: “We do not anticipate any meaningful recovery in CAT’s markets until 2018, and new machine sales are unlikely to begin to be realized until well after a market recovery is evident.”-Moody’s

Indiana:  Pallet supplier Chep Recycled Pallet Solutions issued a shutdown WARN, 165 jobs lost in February 2017!

Kentucky: What automotive industry recovery? Japan based Toyota eliminating the remaining 650 jobs as it shuts down its North American HQ in Erlanger!  News reports say at one time there were nearly 2-thousand Toyota employees in Kentucky.  Old fashioned furniture maker Rector’s Cherry Reproduction shutdown blaming increasing cost of lumber.

Louisiana: Lafayette base Stone Energy now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, the offshore oil producer claims to be $1.2-billion in debt.

Maryland: Moving company Kane is now chapter 7 bankrupt dead, 950 jobs gone once shutdown is completed!

Massachusetts:  Friendly’s restaurant chain shutting down their Chicopee distribution center, less than 50 jobs lost to a contractor.  Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority eliminating at least 1-hundred jobs in an attempt to fill in a $100-million hole in their budget!

Michigan: Ohio based Comprehensive Logistics shutting down a Lansing area factory, 138 jobs gone starting in January 2017!  It’s blamed on the not-so-recovered automotive industry.  Speaking of which, Detroit based General Motors (GM) shutting down five factories and laying off more than 10-thousand people!  GM admin claim they’ll re-start production when new car inventories are reduced to acceptable levels.

New York: In Latham, General Electric Transportation issued a shutdown WARN, 41 train engine building jobs lost by May 2017.  In Newburgh, General Electric Flight Ops halting operations, affecting 48 employees by March 2017.   In Amityville, office products maker Kleer Fax issued a shutdown WARN, 70 jobs lost during March 2017.  In Springfield Gardens, logistics company DSV\UTi issued a shutdown WARN, 73 jobs lost by April 2017.  Travel industry supplier GTA Americas issued a shutdown WARN for their NYC location,190 jobs lost between March and December 2017!

North Carolina: What construction industry recovery?  Grille and door maker CornellCookson’s shutting down their factory in Gastonia, 83 jobs gone by February 2017.  Jar maker Ball shutting down its Reidsville factory, 150 jobs lost by the middle of 2017!  Ball administrators blamed it on the “changing market”.  Glass maker Ardagh Group suddenly laid off 150 people, and halted their expansion project saying “…changing business conditions resulting from a significant reduction in customer demand and the company’s current inventory levels have necessitated that the rebuild be delayed until January of 2018.”

Ohio: Parker Hannifin shutting down their gear factory in Youngstown, 137 jobs lost by April 2017 due to crashing sales! Alliance Castings “temporarily” shutting down its factory and laying off 4-hundred people due to crashing demand for trains!

Oregon:  Commercial Aircraft Painting shutting down their Portland ops by the end of January 2017, at least 186 jobs lost!

Pennsylvania: Union Electric Åkers issued a WARN, 148 jobs in Avonmore lost during March 2017!

South Carolina: What housing industry recovery? Light fixture maker Hubbell Lighting shutdown their Cowpens distribution center, 55 jobs lost to consolidation of operations.

Texas: In Sherman, Royal Case quietly laid off an undisclosed number of workers, it was revealed to local news media by unnamed former employees. In Denison, Caterpillar conducted another round of layoffs, refusing to say how many people were let go.  Local news media reports that the same factory laid off about 40 people in August.  Union Tank Car laying off 106 people in Houston, due to crashing demand for trains!  Alabama Metal Industry Corporation (AMICo) shutting down its Dayton factory, and its distribution ops in Houston, by the end of January 2017.

Vermont: Christian founded gravestone maker Rock of Ages Corporation began eliminating jobs at its granite quarry after selling out to a British empire company based in Canada.

Virginia: What automotive industry recovery? Sweden based Volvo announced it will conduct yet another round of layoffs at its Dublin truck factory, this time 5-hundred people will become jobless in February 2017!

Washington: Omak Wood Products issued a shutdown WARN, 217 jobs gone by the end of January 2017!  In Everett, Boeing warned of more layoffs due to lack of sales of its 777X airliner, local news media reminded readers that Boeing got massive tax breaks for the 777X program.

West Virginia:  Petro industry service company Weatherford laid off 65 people due to “loss of business opportunities”.

Wisconsin: BMR NO.1 forced to sell their assets, which will result in 57 people losing their jobs by March 2017.  Germany based toolmaker Walter USA shutting down their Waukesha factory, 39 jobs lost starting in February 2017.

Mining/Industrial/Logistics November 2016:  GOOD LORD (-STOWN), CHEVY KILLS 1,360 JOBS IN ONE CITY!

January 2017, Sears Kmart self-destruct : More crimes, as Customers still oblivious to mass shutdowns!

Business Insider reports that managers across almost 8-hundred Kmart stores were suddenly laid off!

CNBC reports value of Sears Holdings stocks has crashed by 30% in the last few days of January 2017!

Iconic Sears tool brand Crafstman sold-off for $900-million USD!  Tool maker Stanley Black & Decker is the new proud owner of Craftsman (which is one of Black&Decker’s competitors).  Supposedly Sears-Kmart will still sell Crafstman branded tools.

“On January 3, 2017, pursuant to the terms of the master lease (the “Master Lease”) between subsidiaries of Seritage Growth Properties (“Seritage”) and subsidiaries of Sears Holdings Corp. (“Sears Holdings”), Sears Holdings exercised its right under the Master Lease to terminate the Master Lease with respect to 19 unprofitable stores…”Form 8-K, SEC filing

In a federal court in California, Standard Fabrics International is accusing Kmart of ripping off its fabric designs.  Kmart is one of four or five brands accused of the copyright violation.  Standard Fabrics International is demanding all profits made using the ripped off design, plus damages and legal fees. 

In Florida, a former Kmart pharmacist admitted to stealing $3-hundred USD worth of prescription drugs from Kmart.  She claims she needed the opioid drugs to help her sleep.

In Massachusetts a Kmart employee was caught stealing $3-thousand 3-hundred in cash!  An investigation was already underway concerning the disappearance of $80-thousand in cash!

Kmart has been hit by yet another lawsuit accusing the retailer of not paying employees for overtime work.  This comes after Kmart settled a similar lawsuit at the beginning of 2016.

Despite numerous news media reports of Sears and Kmart shutdowns over the past several years, KYMT in Kentucky reports that the average customer is still shocked at hearing of more shutdowns.

Business Insider warning that 2017 is going to be a big year for retail store shutdowns, and not just for Sears-Kmart.

Keep checking back for shutdown updates.

December 2016: IT’S A CRIME! SEARS STOPS HONORING WARRANTIES!

WARN = Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification

Here’s the updated list of U.S. Sears-Kmart store closings that I’ve been compiling since the end of 2011, new revelations in BOLD:

Alabama: 38 years old Florence Sears store and Auto Center shutting down in April 2017.  Jasper Mall Kmart.  Phenix City Kmart on US 280. Sears Hometown Store in Prattville shutting down in January 2017.   The Madison Square Mall Sears store & Auto Center shutting down in January 2017, but only because the leaders of Huntsville want to redevelop the mall property. No word on how many people will become jobless. Supposedly a new, and much smaller, contractor operated Sears appliance only store will be part of the mall redevelopment.  Taxpayers of Huntsville are expected to spend at least $12-million USD on the redevelopment!  Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ property in Cullman is shutting down.   27 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  After 16 years the Troy Sears Hometown Store suddenly shutdown, the contracted owners said they couldn’t find anybody willing to take over the contract. Oxford Sears (local news reports said the Oxford Sears opened in 1985 with 225 employees!), Birmingham Kmart on Chalkville Mountain, Decatur Kmart on Beltline Road, Homewood Kmart, Mobile Kmart on Z Schillingers Road. The Montgomery Sears store and Auto Center in the Eastdale Mall shutting down, 56 jobs lost in June 2016. City leaders of Anniston have agreed to fork over $3-million precious local tax dollars to fund the re-development of an abandoned Kmart. Prattville Kmart will shutdown in April 2016, 70 jobs lost. Florence Kmart in March, 64 jobs lost in 2016. A local news report said the employees knew nothing about it and were shocked to hear it from the news media! Dothan Kmart (south side of Ross Clark Circle) shutting down in March, 56 jobs lost in 2016. Gadsden Kmart (50 jobs lost), Mobile Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Auburn Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Anniston Kmart (no word yet on how many jobs lost), Birmingham Eastwood Kmart (70 jobs lost), Decatur Mall Sears (91 jobs lost), Fort Payne Kmart, Northport Kmart (68 jobs lost), Dothan Sears (68 jobs lost), Huntsville Kmart (73 jobs lost), Sears Store and Auto Center at the Bel Air Mall in Mobile (more than 100 jobs lost).

Alaska: The Anchorage Sears Store & Auto Center, the Wasilla Sears Store, the Fairbanks Sears Store & Auto Center made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.

Arkansas: Jonesboro Sears store shutting down. 17 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Sears store and Auto Center in Pine Bluff shutting down in August 2016. Little Rock Sears shutdown in July 2016.

Arizona: In Tucson, Sears Holdings spin-off Seritage Growth says it will shutdown and lease out half of the floor space in the Park Place Sears store.   Sierra Vista Kmart shutting down in December 2016. 42 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Nogales Kmart shutdown by July 2016, despite the fact that it’s a profit making store (many of its cash paying customers cross the border from Mexico). The Prescott Valley Kmart shutdown April 2016. No word on how many jobs lost, but one employee was quoted by local news as saying “Walmart won.” Reports that the Glendale Kmart will shutdown, no word on job losses. Scottsdale Sears/Great Indoors, Chandler Sears/Great Indoors. Recently revealed Arrowhead Towne Center Sears sold-off then rented back! Chandler Fashion Center Sears sold-off then rented back!

California: Local news reports say ten employees at the Santa Cruz Sears Auto Center were shocked when they were notified it was shutting down by February!  The old Santa Monica Sears store on Colorado Boulevard shutting down in April 2017 due to the property being sold to a developer. Carson Town Center Kmart (supposedly the last Kmart in the South Bay area), local news reports say the building is being chopped up into smaller retail shops, one third of which has already been leased to a restaurant.  Shutting down by April 2017; Bakersfield Kmart, Coalinga Kmart, Kingsburg Kmart. Taxpayers in the city of Covina forced to pay to re-develop a former Kmart property into a housing project and bus terminal!  A Kmart near the UC-Riverside campus will shutdown by mid-March 2017.   The Town & Country Center Kmart in Indio shutting down right before Xmas. The GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Bakersfield Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  A shutdown WARN issued for the Fontana Kmart, 133 jobs gone before Xmas!  A shutdown WARN issued for a Los Angeles Kmart, 234 jobs gone right before Xmas!  233 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!!!  Sears Holdings shutdown a Los Angeles Kmart, 132 jobs lost in May 2016! Dinuba Kmart 68 jobs lost, Lodi Kmart, Tulare Kmart, Wasco Kmart. Sears Holdings created Seritage Growth Properties is renting out half of three Sears stores; one in Roseville, one in Citrus Heights and one in Sacramento. Supposedly Sears will continue its operations in the other half of the buildings. On 10 March the Garden Center roof of the Santa Rosa Kmart collapsed during a rain storm. Fire inspectors said the roof was already compromised due to dry rot before the rain storm, a local news reporter said managers knew about the condition of the roof because it was sagging, and they called in contractors. The contractors tried to prop up the roof before the rain storm hit. Anaheim Kmart shutdown, 107 jobs lost in 2016! The Chula Vista Kmart, San Mateo Sears and Citrus Heights Kmart shutdown between March and April 2016, a total of 3-hundred jobs lost! El Monte Sears (at least 40 jobs lost. Damien Arrula, El Monte’s economic development director, said the store manager had lied about what was going on: “The general manager of the store had just indicated to me that they were remodeling.”

Two San Diego Sears (more than 80 jobs lost), Pleasant Hill Kmart (more than 50 jobs lost), Torrance Kmart, Fairfield Kmart (63 jobs lost), Lampert owned OSH taken over by Lowe’s home improvement in bankruptcy court, at least 17 of 99 stores to be closed down (935 jobs lost!), Rancho Cordova Kmart (97 jobs lost), San Clemente Kmart/Sears/Kmart on Camino de Estrella (58 jobs lost), placed on an official hit list in 2011 the Oceanside Kmart on College Boulevard finally being shut down, Banning Kmart (91 jobs lost) recently revealed that Sears Holdings is still paying rent on the abandoned property, Laguna Hills Mall Sears, San Diego Mid-City Kmart (73 jobs lost), Hemet Kmart (77 jobs lost), Oakland Sears repair center (75 jobs lost), San Mateo Kmart (82 jobs lost to an apartment building connected to public transportation), Hesperia Kmart building sold at a loss to a vulture capitalist REIT, no word on if the Kmart will be shutdown. Customers complain that the Kmart employees have a bad attitude, gee I wonder why? Yuba City Kmart (63 jobs lost), Rocklin Kmart (at least 63 jobs lost, the store had just posted “Now Hiring” signs), San Leandro Kmart (102 jobs lost), San Jose Mercury News says the El Centro Kmart to shutdown in January, the website Foursquare says the Covina Kmart is now shutdown (other sources say it will shutdown in December), Cupertino Sears and Auto Center (98 jobs lost), somebody posted on yelp* that the Diamond Bar Kmart was shutting down in December (confirmed by Armijo Newspapers), Westfield Topanga Sears (122 jobs lost), it looks like the Blythe Kmart is being slowly shutdown despite denial by Sears Holdings. San Mateo Kmart being demolished to make room for 599 unit apartment complex, as part of the the Hayward Park Caltrain Station project. Atwater Kmart (74 jobs lost), Los Banos Kmart (67 jobs lost).

Colorado: Shutting down by April 2017; the last Denver Kmart, a Grand Junction Kmart. The Craig Kmart shutdown, about 30 jobs lost a couple weeks before Xmas.  Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ property in Thornton is shutting down. 40 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Broomfield Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Glenwood Springs Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Lone Tree Sears/Great Indoors, Longmont Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Pueblos’ South Side Kmart (52 jobs lost), Denver Kmart (number of jobs lost have not been made public at this time, but could be at least 40), Colorado Springs Kmart at Powers and Palmer Park boulevards (57 jobs lost), Fort Collins Sears (67 jobs lost), Denver-Cherry Creek North Sears store & Auto Center (66 jobs lost).

Connecticut: Enfield Sears store. Cromwell Kmart shutting down by April 2017. 113 jobs lost as the West Hartford GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Sears store and Auto Center shuts down by the end of January 2017!  Local news media pointed out that every remaining Sears and Kmart store in the state is on the new Sears Holdings Real Estate “opportunities” list! Putnam Kmart. Waterbury Big Kmart, Torrington Kmart (73 jobs lost), Enfield Sears Optical (no word on jobs lost), Wallingford Sears Appliance & Hardware (employees say the shutdown was a surprise, I guess they don’t read Blind Bat News), Wallingford Sears Appliance & Hardware (at least 13 jobs lost).

Delaware: Seven Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Dover Kmart (at least 72 jobs lost, some reports said 100), Seaford Sears (30 jobs lost), Claymont Kmart (87 jobs lost).

Florida: Volusia Mall Sears Auto Center sold to CBL & Associates Properties who has plans to shut it down in the next two to four years. Lake Wales Sears store. Fort Myers McGregor Point Shopping Center Kmart.  Fort Pierce Kmart on Federal Highway. Sarasota Kmart on North Beneva Road. Port Charlotte Kmart on Cochran. Jacksonville Kmart on Normandy Village Parkway (local news reports say it’s the last Kmart in the city). Kissimmee Kmart on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway. Naples Kmart on Golden Gate Highway. Palatka Kmart on Town & Country Drive.  It’s been revealed that Santa Rosa County School District is spending $1.45-million tax dollars to buy a property now owned by Sears Holdings (via Kmart)! The sale of the property is delayed because only now has it been revealed that Kmart is the new owner of the former Food World property!   The GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Pembroke Pines Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  WARNs issued for the Saint Petersburg Sears store and Auto Center, 126 jobs gone by the end of January 2017!  173 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!!   In Orlando, the 50 years old Fashion Square Mall Sears & Auto Center shutting down, 101 jobs lost by mid-November! Inverness Sears Hometown suddenly shutdown due to disagreements with the landlord. Jacksonville Sears. Mandarin (Jacksonville) Kmart, Neptune Beach Kmart and Perry Kmart shutting down between July-September. The Lutz Kmart shutdown March 2016, 62 jobs lost. The 46 years old Daytona Beach Kmart, on International Speedway Boulevard, is shutdown mid-March 2016, 86 jobs lost. Fernandina Beach Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Callaway Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Orange City Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Deland Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Stuart Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), West Palm Beach Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Port St. Lucie Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Crystal River Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), New Smyrna Beach Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Saint Augustine Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Pompano Beach Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Jacksonville Kmart on 5751 Beach Boulevard (71 jobs lost), second Kmart in Jacksonville on 4645 Blanding Boulevard (83 jobs lost), Ocoee Sears (102 jobs lost), Pensacola Kmart on Airport Boulevard closed in 2011, Pensacola Kmart on Mobile Highway closed in February 2013 (69 jobs lost), Pensacola Kmart on East 9 Mile Road will close in May (73 jobs lost), Hialeah Kmart (67 jobs lost), Bonita Springs Kmart (67 jobs lost), Mount Dora Kmart (100 jobs lost), Lake Mary Kmart, Panama City Beach Kmart (54 jobs lost), Winter Park Kmart (100 jobs lost), Niceville Kmart (59 jobs lost), Winter Haven Kmart (92 jobs lost), Palm Bay Kmart, Oakland Park Kmart (112 jobs lost), Clearwater Sears Auto Center (21 jobs lost), Zephyrhills Kmart (70 jobs lost), Winter Springs Kmart (69 jobs lost), Naples Kmart (72 jobs lost), New Port Richey Kmart (58 jobs lost), ‘redevelopment’ of Aventura Sears & Auto Center into an “open-air village” (unknown how many jobs affected), Kmart on Northeast 108 Street being annexed by Miami Shores, Sears Holdings threatens to shutdown Kmart as a result of higher local taxes. The property that’s home to an operating Kmart, on South Green Bay Road in Racine, was foreclosed by the local Sheriff and sold-off for $2.5-million, no word on what the new property owner will do with it. Fort Myers Kmart (67 jobs lost). Dicks Sportings Goods subleasing space in an existing Sears store in Palm Beach Gardens.

Georgia: Shutting down by April 2017; a Savannah Kmart, Columbus Kmart, Cornelia Kmart, Kingsland Kmart, Albany Sears, Columbus Sears. Yet another Augusta Kmart shutting down, this time the one on Deans Bridge Road.  63 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! The 23 years old Rome Kmart shutdown in August 2016, 1-hundred jobs lost! Administrators say employees can apply at other Sears Holdings stores, but local news reports say the Rome Kmart is the last Sears Holdings store in the area! The 37 years old Carrollton Kmart shutdown April 2016. Dublin Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 71 jobs lost. Milledgeville Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 60+ jobs lost. Mount Berry Square Mall (Rome) Sears and Auto Center shutting down in March 2016, 86 jobs lost. Macon Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Buford Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Douglasville Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Atlanta Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Columbus Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Jonesboro Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Cartersville Kmart (74 jobs lost), Hiram Kmart (53 jobs lost), Marietta-East Cobb Kmart, Warner Robins Kmart (77 jobs lost), Coweta County Kmart distribution center (164 jobs lost), one of the last two North Augusta Kmart to be torn down by new property owner from Canada, Sears Holdings denies the Kmart will shutdown.

Guam: Tamuning Kmart made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Sears Hometown Store.

Hawaii: Honolulu Kmart near Aloha Stadium (on Salt Lake Boulevard) shutting down mid-March 2017, meaning there will be only one Kmart store on Oahu after that.  14 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Iconic 25 years old Nimitz HWY Iwilei-Honolulu Kmart shutdown in March 2016, 141 jobs lost! Honolulu Sears (owned by GGP, 372 jobs lost! GGP spending $573-million chopping it up into smaller store spaces), Kauai Sears (41 jobs lost), Iwilei-Honolulu Kmart for lease (no confirmation of store closing).

Idaho: Lewiston Kmart, Boise Town Square Mall Sears Store & Auto Center, Boise Kmart Auto Center, the Nampa Kmart Store & Auto Center, the Coeur d’Alene Kmart and Sears Store & Auto Center, the Twin Falls Sears Store & Auto Center and Kmart, the Ammon Kmart, the Idaho Falls Sears Store & Auto Center, the abandoned but still owned by Sears Holdings Chubbuck (the“opportunities” listing incorrectly says Pocatello) Sears Store (esentially all remaining Sears & Kmarts in Idaho) made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Boise Kmart on Fairview shutdown mid-March 2016, 56 jobs lost. Pocatello Kmart shutdown April 2016, 65 jobs lost. Lewiston Sears (at least 60 jobs lost), Rexburg Kmart (63 jobs lost), Chubbuck Pine Ridge Mall Sears shutdown by the end of October/beginning of November 2014 (the remaining 28 jobs lost).

Illinois: Alton Kmart, Granite City Kmart.  $1-million USD loss as Mount Vernon Sears Hometown Store mysteriously burns to the ground.  The nine years old Sears Hometown Store in Beloit shutting down in January 2017. Du Quoin Sears Hometown Store shutting down in January 2017.  Another update for the abandoned Rock Island Kmart; looks like Augustana College found a fool to buy the Kmart property that was dumped on the college (in the form of a tax avoiding donation) and then vacated in July 2016, it was sold to a company called Rock Island KM.   The GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Oak Brook Sears store being reduced by half and the Auto Center being shutdown between 2017 & 2018.  Sears Hardware in Edwardsville shutting down right before Thanksgiving, 21 jobs lost. A local TV station reported that Sears Hardware in Collinsville is shutting down, no comment from store management.  Shutdown WARNs issued for Kmarts in Tinley Park and South Kedzie Avenue in Chicago, 275 jobs gone by Xmas! News reports out of Tinley say a total of six Kmarts will shutdown by Xmas! Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties confirmed that two ‘Sears’ properties, in Chicago and Springfield, are shutting down. 116 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!!  An update for the abandoned Rock Island Kmart; the recently vacated property was ‘donated’ to Augustana College, but now college adminitrators are looking to sell the property to anybody foolish enough to buy it. The real reason the college is trying to dump the vacant Kmart is that the property tax is about $92-thousand per year, indicating the ‘donation’ was actually a screw-job (lets not forget that local news media pointed out that city officials spent $15-million tax dollars attracting Walmart to town, but spent zilch on trying to keep Kmart from leaving!). The Kmart Super Center in Bradley shutdown, 125 jobs lost! Sears Holdings sold the building to Meijer, unconfirmed reports say the Bradley Kmart Super Center (which has a full grocery op) was actually making money. After 90 years Chicago Sears on Lawrence Avenue shutting down by August 2016, local news says its the oldest Sears store still operating. The last Decatur Kmart shutting down by August 2016, 61 jobs lost, administrators say employees can apply at other Sears Holdings stores, but local news reports say there are no more Sears Holdings stores in the immediate area! Chicago Kmart on South Pulaski. Danville Kmart, Galesburg Kmart, Lansing Kmart, Pekin Kmart, Eddie Lampert eliminated 401 Hoffman Estates HQ jobs due to crappy 2015 holiday sales! 151 of those jobs were already vacant. Morton ‘green’ Kmart shutting down by the end of April 2016, 47 jobs lost. Canton Kmart shutting down mid-April 2016, 38 jobs lost. Alton Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Melrose Park Sears parts and repair center (50 jobs lost), Zion Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Oak Lawn Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), McHenry Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Peru Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Lombard Sears/Great Indoors (at least 40 jobs lost), Fairview Heights Kmart (81 jobs lost), Freeport Kmart (45 jobs lost), Pontiac Kmart (more than 47 jobs lost), Homer Glen Kmart (82 jobs lost), Streator Kmart (45 jobs lost), Lombard Kmart (70 jobs lost), Naperville Kmart (98 jobs lost), Calumet Sears (164 jobs lost), two Sears stores in Grand Crossing area of Chicago (247 jobs lost!), Mount Vernon Sears (68 jobs lost), Moline Sears (at least 60 jobs lost), Homewood Kmart (185 jobs lost), Belvidere Kmart (91 jobs lost?) revealed is now a perpetual closing sale Kmart At A Discount store, Champaign’s Market Place Mall Sears (56 jobs lost), Sterling Kmart (60 jobs lost), Montgomery Kmart (81 jobs lost), Mattoon Sears (more than 40 jobs lost), Chicago Sears on North State Street (160 jobs lost), Chicago Sears Craftsman Experience store, Galesburg Sears (46 jobs lost), White Lake Township Kmart (42 jobs lost), Orland Park Sears Appliance, Collinsville Kmart (84 jobs lost), Crystal Lake Kmart (at least 77 jobs lost), Danville Sears store & Auto Center (63 jobs lost), Forsyth Sears store & Auto Center (45 jobs lost), Peoria Kmart (73 jobs lost), Forest Park Kmart (107 jobs lost), Chicago Sears on North and Harlem avenues, supposedly it’s being replaced (most likely at taxpayer expense) with a new building and it will become a Sears-Mariano’s store, Bloomington Kmart (79 jobs lost), Hoffman Estates Headquarters 100 jobs eliminated, another 15 corporate jobs eliminated elsewhere, Chicago-Wicker Park Kmart (106 jobs lost), abandoned Market Place Mall Sears location to be occupied by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream. 58 Chicago area stores up for lease or sale. North Mayfair Kmart (99 jobs lost), Chicago Kmart at 5033 North Elston Avenue (99 jobs lost). By the way, Illinois elected officials gave Sears Holdings/Hoffman Estates a $150 million USD tax break to keep their headquarters in the state. The tax break was not tied to any promise not to close stores.

Indiana: Chesterton Kmart, La Porte Kmart, Kokomo Sears. In Indianapolis, Sears Home Appliance Showroom on North Michigan Road and Sears Appliance & Hardware on Thompson Road shutting down in January 2017. Sears Appliance & Hardware in Fishers shutting down in January 2017.  Local news media discovered that a Sears Appliance & Hardware store in Avon quietly shutdown in October 2016.  Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ properties in Elkhart and Merrillville are shutting down.  A WARN revealed that 99 Kmart employees in Merrillville will lose their jobs right before Xmas.   67 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! Bloomington Kmart, New Albany Kmart. Bloomington’s College Mall Sears & Auto Center shutdown mid-June 2016, at least 52 jobs lost. In Schererville, Sears Hardware shutdown in April 2016. Terre Haute Kmart April 2016, 62 jobs lost. Anderson Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Saint John Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Indianapolis Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Richmond Sears (49 jobs lost), South Anthony Kmart (70 jobs lost), Fort Wayne Kmart on South Anthony Boulevard (70 jobs lost), FairOaks Mall Kmart, Logansport Sears (43 jobs lost), Muncie Kmart (59 jobs lost), Fort Wayne Kmart on Coliseum Boulevard North (69 jobs lost), Decatur Kmart (49 jobs lost), Indianapolis Kmart on Madison Avenue (131 jobs lost), Indianapolis Kmart on Washington Street (139 jobs lost), Bedford Kmart (62 jobs lost), Indianapolis (Evansville) Sears & Auto Center at Washington Square Mall (91 jobs lost), Greenwood Kmart (78 jobs lost), Plymouth Kmart (68 jobs lost), Bloomington Sears to be replaced by Whole Foods grocery store.

Iowa: Shutting down by April 2017; a Dubuque Kmart, Sioux City Kmart, Waterloo Kmart.  22 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Des Moines Southridge Mall Sears shutting down by August 2016, the store was in the process of dying anyway, only 37 employees left. Sears Holdings shutdown their West Des Moines call center in June 2016, 162 jobs lost! Ottumwa Kmart shutdown April 2016, 38 jobs lost. Cedar Rapids Kmart on 16th Ave (at least 40 jobs lost), Davenport Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Burlington Kmart (50 jobs lost), Coralville Sears (94 jobs lost, this is a store sold to GGP earlier in the year), Cedar Rapids Kmart on Collins Road NE (56 jobs lost), Mason City Kmart (50 jobs lost), Clive Kmart (at least 49 jobs lost), Ames Kmart (44 jobs lost), Fort Dodge Sears (no job loss numbers made public, yet. The Auto Center was secretly shutdown in September), 56 years old Mason City Sears & Auto Center (more than 100 jobs lost). Davenport Kmart (59 jobs lost), Belvidere Kmart (67 jobs lost).

Kansas: A Wichita Kmart, Leavenworth Kmart, Salina Sears. 18 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  In El Dorado, a contracted Sears store suddenly shutdown due to Sears Holdings continually changing the contract: “We had a contract that we had to follow to a ‘T’ while they changed it at will. They changed our commission bonuses and percentages and that hurt us.”-Russ Christy, contracted Sears store operator

Hutchison Kmart. North Topeka Kmart shutting down in 2016, 49 jobs lost. Lawrence Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Merriam Kmart-then Sears-then Kmart (jobs lost unknown), Wichita Sears store & Auto Center (103 jobs lost), Manhattan Sears & Auto Center (number of jobs lost were never revealed).

Kentucky:   Jefferson Mall Sears store sold to CBL & Associates Properties who has plans to shut it down in the next two to four years. Corbin Kmart.  London Kmart. Hopkinsville Kmart. Bowling Green Kmart. The Georgetown BigKmart shutting down  by mid-April 2017.  Paducah Sears store and Auto Center shutting down by mid-March 2017. In Owensboro, the Kmart on West Parrish Avenue shutting down by mid-March 2017. Pikeville Kmart shutting down right before Xmas. 31 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Two Kmarts in Louisville. Elizabethtown Kmart, Maysville Kmart, Paintsville Kmart. Middlesboro Sears (in September 2012 the Sears store re-opened under independent ownership, official grand re-opening scheduled for November), Winchester Kmart, Hazard Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Lexington Fayette Mall Sears (114 jobs lost!), Newport Kmart (81 jobs lost), Cannonsburg Sears and Sears Auto Center (no employee info given), Louisville Dixie Highway Kmart/Sears/Kmart shutdown and now being taken over by Kroger basically to sell the same crap the old Kmart did! Madisonville Kmart (39 jobs lost), Owensboro Sears store & Auto Center (52 jobs lost).

Louisiana: Gonzales Kmart, a New Orleans Kmart on South Clearview Parkway, the Cortana Mall Sears, Gretna Sears. The New Iberia Kmart shutdown on 11 December 2016.  Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ property in Houma shutting down. 36 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! The Bossier Kmart shutting down by August 2016. Houma Sears, Pineville Kmart. Slidell Sears (77 job lost), Gretna Kmart (94 jobs lost), Metairie Kmart secretly sold off, no word if it will be shutdown, Laplace Sears Hometown Store.

Maine:  Augusta Sears shutting down. Bangor Kmart shutting down by mid-April 2017.  13 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list. Presque Isle Aroostook Centre Mall Kmart shutting down by August 2016, more than 50 jobs lost. Lewiston Sears (60 to 70 jobs lost), Presque Isle Aroostook Centre Mall Sears (63 jobs lost), Aroostook Centre Mall Sears Auto Center leased out to VIP Tires & Service.

Maryland: Baltimore Kmart on North Point Boulevard. Eastpoint Mall Kmart, in Dundalk, shutting down mid-April 2017.  GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Columbia Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  54 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Ellicott Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Gaithersburg Sears/Great Indoors, Landover Sears rebuild & call center (115 jobs lost), Baltimore Kmart on Wabash Avenue (107 jobs lost), Parkville Kmart (102 jobs lost), California Kmart (71 jobs lost), Sears Hometown Store in Perryville.

Massachusetts: South Attleboro Kmart.  The Enfield Square Mall Sears store shutting down mid-April 2017 (supposedly the Auto Center will remain open).  The Sears store and Auto Center in Swansea shutting down by mid-April 2017.  In Fairhaven, the Shaw’s Plaza BigKmart shutting down by mid-April 2017.  GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Natick Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  64 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Tewksbury Kmart. Fairhaven Sears Appliance & Hardware shutdown mid-April 2016. Local news reports said the ignorant employees actually thought the shutdown notice was a joke! I guess they don’t read Blind Bat News. 79 jobs lost as the Fall River Kmart shutdown in May 2016. North Reading Sears Hardware store closed, lease not renewed, Milford Kmart (80 jobs lost), Kingston Kmart (73 jobs lost). Braintree Kmart on Grossman Drive shutdown. Also, the Braintree South Shore Plaza Sears store is renting out an entire floor to Ireland based Primark. Even with the lease to Primark there is still 4-thousand square feet of vacant space in the Sears store. The Sears at the Auburn Mall shutdown on Black Friday due to electrical fire. The store was experiencing electrical problems, an investigation is underway.

Michigan: Gaylord Sears Hometown Store suddenly shutdown.  26 years old Detroit Lakes Kmart shutting down by April 2017, despite still posting a “Now Hiring” sign!   In Garden City, the iconic first ever Kmart store in the World is shutting down on its 55th birthday, by the end of March 2017.  Lansing Kmart, Muskegon Kmart, Plymouth Kmart, Roseville Kmart, Waterford Kmart, Westland Kmart, Acme Kmart. 48 years old Grand Rapids Woodland Mall Sears, 84 jobs lost in March 2017: “We figured we were safe, so yeah, it was kind of a shock to everybody today. One guy’s been there for 20 years-plus and that’s what he knows best, hard to change from there, so I feel sorry for him.”-Marty Kruizenga, Sears Auto Center employee

Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ properties in Alpena, Manistee and Sault Saint Marie are shutting down.  WARNs filed with the state revealed that on top of the Seritage Growth shutdowns the Kmarts in Jackson, Grand Rapids, Byron Center and Fenton will also shutdown. A total of 390 Kmart jobs will be killed right before Xmas!  113 Sears and Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!! The Holland Sears Appliance & Hardware shutdown, the manager of the francise store refused to say why. Plymouth Township Super Kmart shutdown in November 2017 (that’s when the lease expired). According to Plymouth’s Planning Commission, Sears Holdings is selling the property to a developer. A Kmart on Groesbeck Highway, Clinton Township, shutdown, 82 jobs lost in October 2016. The Farmington Hills Kmart shutdown mid-July 2016, 61 jobs lost. Midland Sears, Houghton Lake Kmart, Taylor Kmart. The new owner of the Bradley Kmart shut it down in 2016. Retailer Meijer bought the Kmart property for $5-million USD. The Kmart shutdown in May, but the new Meijer store won’t be ready until 2018. The Sears and Auto Center in Fort Gratiot shutdown in mid-March, 48 jobs lost. Ironwood Kmart in mid-April, 47 jobs lost. Sears/Great Indoors, Brighton Sears Grand/Essentials, Harper Woods Sears Full line, Monroe Sears Full line, Adrian Sears Full line, Washington Township Kmart, Chesterfield Kmart, Woodhaven Kmart, Saginaw Kmart on Bay Road, Flint Kmart on Dort Highway (46 jobs lost), Gaylord Kmart (48 jobs lost), Sterling Kmart (58 jobs lost), Bloomfield Township Kmart and Sears, Bad Axe Kmart (61 jobs lost), Ypsilanti Township Kmart (83 jobs lost), Petoskey Kmart (45 jobs lost), Saint John’s Kmart (48 jobs lost), White Lake Township “Store of the Future” Kmart (42 jobs lost), Grand Blanc Kmart (49 jobs lost), Lapeer Kmart (56 jobs lost), Southgate Kmart (155 jobs lost), Detroit’s Telegraph Road Kmart (115 jobs lost), Waterford Township Sears (no word on how many jobs lost), Rochester Hills Kmart (77 jobs lost), ‘perfect Kmart town’ of Port Huron Kmart (188 jobs lost), Flint Kmart on Miller Road (81 jobs lost), Burton Kmart (85 jobs lost), Madison Heights Kmart (179 jobs lost), it’s now official the last remaining Saginaw Kmart (on Gratiot Road) will remain shutdown after its roof collapsed during a snowstorm back in January 2014 (Sears Holdings claims only 18 people worked there at the time of the collapse!), Ann Arbor Kmart (59 jobs lost), Iron Mountain Kmart (54 jobs lost), Bangor Township Sears aka Bay City Mall Sears, the Auto Center was already secretly shutdown some time ago (at least 47 jobs lost), Big Rapids Kmart (about 50 jobs lost). Vacant Wyandotte Sears Auto Center is being renovated at a cost to taxpayers of $1-million & 20-thousand, plus 15 years worth of tax breaks valued at $2-million! Shakopee Kmart distribution center shutdown and sold-off for $17-million in 2013, now it’s finally getting a new tenant; snowmobile and electric cart maker Polaris Industries will rent out a fraction of the building to use as their new parts warehouse. The Kmart Plaza in Sandusky sold to “A group of investors”, no word on what will happen to the Kmart store.

Minnesota: Coon Rapids Sears, Mankato Sears, Detroit Lakes Kmart on Highway 10 West. After 14 years the Montevideo Sears Hometown Store shutting down by the end of January 2017.  The local owners of the franchise store says the decision by Sears Holdings to shutdown the store is also forcing them to sell their property.   GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Minnetonka Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  The Dundas Planning Commission met with CJB II Real Estate to discuss the future of the abandoned Kmart.  ‘Elected’ leaders expressed a willingness to throw $100-thousand tax dollars at the redevelopment project. The Dundas Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 32 jobs lost.   West Saint Paul Kmart shutting down by Xmas.  32 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  The 40 years old Eden Prairie Center Sears store shutting down in time for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Eddie Lampert sold the store to the mall owner for $16-million! The owner of the mall wants to carve up the Sears into smaller stores. Thunderbird Mall Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 48 jobs lost. Willmar Kmart, Duluth Kmart, New Hope Kmart, White Bear Lake Kmart, Bemidji Kmart, Monticello Kmart, GGP owned Sears Auto Center in the Apache Mall closed (10 jobs lost), the entire Sears store in the Apache Mall being sold off, Fergus Falls Kmart (40 jobs lost), Fergus Falls Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Alexandria Kmart (46 jobs lost), Grand Rapids Kmart (61 jobs lost), Seritage is selling off three Sears Auto Centers in Minnetonka, Brooklyn Center and Saint Paul, Marshall Kmart (57 jobs lost), Oakdale Kmart (77 hourly wage employees losing their jobs, unknown how many salaried employees will become unemployed), Winona Kmart (67 jobs lost), Minneapolis city officials trying to shutdown profit making Nicollet Avenue Kmart, to make way for a new road. Anoka Kmart (47 jobs lost), Blaine Kmart (60 jobs lost), Burnsville Kmart (62 jobs lost), Waite Park Kmart (57 jobs lost), Northeast Minneapolis Sears Hometown & Outlet store now for sale, Coon Rapids Sears Hometown & Outlet store now for sale.

Mississippi: 14 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Corinth Kmart. The 44 years old Greenville Kmart shutdown in April, no word on job losses. Jackson Sears Full line, McComb Sears Full line, Columbus Sears Full line, Gautier Sears (71 jobs lost), Waveland Gulfport Kmart (32 jobs lost), Pass Road Gulfport Kmart (52 jobs lost), Pascagoula Sears at the Singing River Mall, Olive Branch distribution center (unknown how many jobs lost).

Missouri: Saint Joseph Sears, Branson Kmart, Jefferson Kmart & Sears, Rolla Kmart, a Springfield Kmart, a Saint Louis Kmart.  48 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Bridgeton Kmart, Springfield Kmart. Lee’s Summit Sears Grand/Essentials, Saint Louis Sears Full line, High Ridge Kmart (59 jobs lost), Ellisville Kmart (55 jobs lost), Springfield Kmart on South Campbell Avenue (60 jobs lost), South Belt Kmart (64 jobs lost), Florissant Kmart (100 jobs lost), O’Fallon Kmart (76 jobs lost).

Montana: The Hamilton Kmart, Havre Kmart, Helena Kmart, Glendive Kmart, Billings Sears Store & Auto Center, Butte Kmart, Great Falls Kmart Store & Auto Center, Kalispell Kmart Store & Auto Center (essentially all remaining stores) made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Billings Kmart. Missoula Kmart (50 jobs lost), Great Falls Kmart (closed “until further notice” due to fire, 63 jobs on hold), Great Falls Sears store & Auto Center (65 jobs lost) due to great sales (ironically) the shutdown date has been moved from 07 December 2014 to 23 November, Bozeman Kmart (37 jobs lost), Missoula Sears store and Auto Center (57 jobs lost).

Nebraska: Seritage Growth Properties says its Kmart property in Kearney is shutting down by Xmas.  Six Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  40 years old Hastings Kmart. Grand Island Kmart (55 jobs lost), Omaha Kmart near West Maple Road (50 jobs lost).

Nevada: Henderson Kmart.  22 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Sparks Kmart distribution center (100 jobs lost).

New Hampshire: 23 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Nashau Sears Grand/Essentials, Keene Sears Grand/Essentials, Portsmouth Kmart (30 jobs lost), Claremont Kmart (59 jobs lost).

New Jersey: Rio Grande Kmart, Clementon Kmart, East Brunswick Kmart, Pleasantville Kmart.  GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Paramus Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”. 53 Kmart and Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! Nearly one acre of the Rockaway Townsquare Mall Sears (which is still in operation) is now rented out to a furniture dealer. Lodi Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 75 jobs lost. Lawnside Kmart (about 80 jobs lost), Howell Kmart (57 jobs lost), Berlin Kmart, Dover Kmart (92 jobs lost), Randolf Kmart (91 jobs lost), Paramus Kmart (74 jobs lost), Closter Kmart (102 jobs lost), Vineland Kmart (74 jobs lost). After 18 years Sears Holdings shutdown their Roselle Sears Hardware store due to “landlord issues”.

New Mexico: Roswell Sears shutting down.  GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Albuquerque Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ property in Deming is shutting down.  21 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! Back in May local news reports said the Artesia Kmart was shutting down, in July Sears Holdings finally confirmed it. Albuquerque’s Coronado Center Sears suddenly shutdown their Auto Center, and will reduce the size of the main store by 50% within two months. Sears goon Howard Riefs stated “We will rightsize the labor…”, but gave no numbers. The ‘rightsizing’ of the Coronado Center store is in partnership with one of my evil former employers, mall owner GGP. SearsLas Cruces Kmart (58 jobs lost), Albuquerque Kmart on Central SW (80 jobs lost), Rio Rancho Kmart (59 jobs lost).

New York: The massive Rego Park Center Sears shutting down, 2-hundred jobs lost starting the first week of April 2017!  In Wallkill, the Galleria at Crystal Run Sears store and Auto Center shutting down, 96 jobs lost starting the first week of April 2017.  New Hartford Kmart. In Cheektowaga, the Walden Galleria Sears store and Auto Center shutting down, 76 jobs lost starting the first week of April 2017.  In Amherst, the Sears store and Auto Center shutting down, 105 jobs lost by April 2017! In Syracuse, after four years the Sears Outlet store in the Destiny USA mall is shutting down.  The Queensbury Super Kmart is being reduced to just a Kmart, ending 24 hour grocery sales by January 2017.  Shutdown WARN issued for the Binghamton Kmart, 69 jobs gone by Xmas. Shutdown WARN issued for the Cheektowaga Kmart, 101 jobs gone by Xmas!  The second level of the GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Staten Island Sears shutting down right before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, 44 jobs killed, it’s been leased to Ireland’s clothier Primark. 104 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!! The 50 years old Sears Auto Center in the Colonie Center Mall shutdown by Sears Holdings subsidiary Seritage Growth Properties, so the space could be rented out to Avis-Budget Car Rental Group. In Brooklyn, the Kings Plaza Sears shutting down, 210 jobs gone by mid-September 2016! Eddie Lampert is renting the space to a couple of European clothing retailers. Sears Holdings issued a shutdown WARN for its Plattsburgh Sears store and Auto Center, 56 jobs lost by the end of July 2016. New York Post says Sears is shutting down their NYC clothing design office, 40 jobs moved to California, another 154 jobs gone by July! Rotterdam Mall Sears and Auto Center shutting down by August 2016 (67 jobs lost). Sears Holdings issued yet another WARN, this time 75 Rochester Kmart employees losing their jobs by mid-July 2016. Irondequoit Sears, Plattsburgh Sears, Poughkeepsie Kmart, Rochester Kmart. Staten Island Mall Sears Auto Center shutdown in February, 20 jobs lost. Lindenhurst Sears Hardware, North Babylon Sears Hardware, Hauppauge Sears Hardware, Depew (Lancaster?) Kmart (68 jobs lost), Colonie Kmart (72 jobs lost), Fulton Kmart (51 jobs lost), Clifton Park Kmart (74 jobs lost) now revealed to be turned into a Town Center with more than 200 apartments at an estimated cost of $50-million, Latham Kmart (61 jobs lost), East Greenbush-Rensselaer Kmart (70 jobs lost), Tonawanda Sears Appliance and Hardware, Bronx Sears (91 jobs lost), BBN reader reported that the Ithaca Sears and Auto Center shutdown and one month later it’s been officially confirmed (at least 37 jobs lost), DeWitt Kmart (92 jobs lost), Auburn Sears (51 jobs lost), Massena Sears and Auto Center (51 jobs lost), Staten Island Mall Sears leased out to Ireland’s Primark, Bay Shore Sears and Sears Auto Center (144 jobs lost), New Hartford (Sangertown Mall) Sears & Auto Center (109 jobs lost), Lancaster Kmart sold for $1.7-million to Dave’s Christmas Wonderland. Herkimer Sears Hometown, Saranac Lake Sears Hometown the ‘independent’ co-owners said Sears Holdings forced them to shutdown. Melville Appliance Repair Division (31 jobs lost).

North Carolina: Cross Creek Mall Sears store sold to CBL & Associates Properties who has plans to shut it down in the next two to four years. Concord Kmart, Fayetteville Kmart, Goldsboro Kmart, Madison Kmart, Wilmington Kmart. High Point Sears Hometown Store shutting down after four years, 325 jobs will be lost by February 2017!  Mount Airy Kmart (in the Mayberry Mall) shutting down right before Xmas.  Burlington Kmart shutting down right before Xmas, local news reports said nobody was surprised.  71 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! 40 years old Thomasville Kmart shutting down in time for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. Brevard Kmart, Gastonia Kmart, Lumberton Kmart, Pineville Kmart, Rocky Mount Kmart. Cary Kmart (71 jobs lost), High Point Sears, Moorehead Sears, Rocky Mount Sears, Statesville Sears, Durham Kmart (79 jobs lost), Asheville Kmart (53 jobs lost), West Smithfield Kmart (59 jobs lost), Winston-Salem Kmart (69 jobs lost), Hendersonville Kmart (58 jobs lost), South Ashville Kmart on Hendersonville Road, Raleigh Kmart (88 jobs lost), Garner Kmart, Cleveland County mall Sears (56 jobs lost), Charlotte Kmart (89 jobs lost), Conover Kmart (74 jobs lost), Raleigh Kmart on Capital Boulevard (53 jobs lost), High Point Kmart (71 jobs lost), Boone Kmart (41 jobs lost), Greensboro Kmart (96 jobs lost), Gastonia Sears store & Auto Center (65 jobs lost), Kinston Kmart (64 jobs lost), Cary Sears (66 jobs lost), Greensboro Kmart distribution center (130 jobs lost), Greenville Kmart (75 jobs lost), Kinston Sears Hometown Store shutdown with little notice, Lexington Sears Hometown Store.

North Dakota: South Fargo Sears shutting down. 18 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Jamestown Kmart (45 jobs lost), Dickinson Kmart (41 jobs lost, despite a “Now Hiring” sign on the front of the store).

Ohio: Eastgate Mall Sears store sold to CBL & Associates Properties who has plans to shut it down in the next two to four years.  Akron Sears, Chillicothe Sears, Lancaster Sears, Richmond Heights Sears, Mount Vernon Kmart, Gallipolis Kmart, Kenton Kmart, New Boston Kmart, Clairsville Kmart, Zanesville Kmart, Reynoldsburg Kmart. The Fairborn and Springfield Kmart stores shutting down, 134 jobs gone right before Xmas!  Reports that a Knox County Kmart is shutting down its pharmacy operations.   Employees confirmed to local news media that the 21 years old Austintown Sears Appliance and Hardware will shutdown by Xmas.  Mentor Kmart shutting down by Xmas, local news reports say in the 1990s the store employed 2-hundred people!  124 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!! 18 years old Defiance Sears shutting down by August 2016. Marion Sears store (the Auto Center was shutdown in 2014), Ashtabula Kmart, Eaton Kmart, Fremont Kmart, Lima Kmart, Lorain Kmart, Springboro Kmart. Englewood Kmart, 57 jobs lost by the end of July 2016. Fort Stueben Mall Sears store and Auto Center, 53 jobs lost in June 2016. Sandusky Mall Sears store and Auto Center, 44 jobs lost in June 2016. 78 jobs lost as the Lancaster Kmart is shutdown in May 2016. 18 jobs lost as the Dixie Highway Sears Hardware shuts down this Friday. The 28 years old Sears and its Auto Center in New Philadelphia shutdown by mid-April 2016, 46 jobs lost. Without warning the Medina Sears Appliance & Hardware Store shutdown. Warren Kmart on Parkman Road NW shutdown in April 2016, 63 jobs lost. Zanesville Kmart shutdown mid-April 2016, 47 jobs lost. Steubenville Kmart shutdown by April 2016, 65 jobs lost. Boardman Kmart by April 2016, 81 jobs lost. Chagrin Falls Kmart, Springfield Kmart, two Toledo Kmarts, Medina Kmart, Columbus Kmart, Columbus Sears/Great Indoors, Zanesville Sears (67 jobs lost), Trotwood Kmart (71 jobs lost), Austintown Sears auto parts and service on Interstate Boulevard, London Kmart (no word on number of jobs lost), Trotwood Sears (67 jobs lost), Westlake Kmart/Sears (at least 57 jobs lost), Xenia Kmart (at least 57 jobs lost), Norwalk Kmart (52 jobs lost), Blue Ash Kmart (77 jobs lost), Northwood Sears at Woodville Mall (36 jobs lost), Conneaut Kmart (43 jobs lost), Anderson Township Kmart (71 jobs lost), Brooklyn Kmart (200 jobs lost), Columbus Lockbourne Industrial Parkway Sears distribution center (200 jobs lost), also in Columbus, Sears Product Rebuild-Call Center (112 jobs lost), Marion Sears Auto Center (at least nine jobs lost), Springfield Kmart #3767 (68 jobs lost), Fairborn Kmart (66 jobs lost), Solon Sears & Auto Center (at least 53 jobs lost), Tiffin Sears Hometown Store. Also, Van Wert Sears franchise bought out by Kirk Berryman, owner of Computer & Networking Technologies (CNT), who plans on moving the store to a new location. Fairlawn Sears Appliance & Hardware, Macedonia Sears Appliance & Hardware, Lorain Sears Appliance & Hardware, Elyria Sears Appliance & Hardware, North Olmsted Sears Appliance & Hardware, Sheffield Village Sears Appliance & Hardware, Akron Sears Appliance & Hardware.

Oklahoma: Muskogee Kmart, Lawton Sears.  In Tulsa the Sears store on 21st Street and Yale shutting down mid-April 2017, supposedly (according to news reports) the Auto Center will remain open.  GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Norman Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.  23 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Oklahoma City Sears (98 jobs lost, GGP owned, GGP wants a $2 million sales tax rebate, claiming it’s needed to offset capital investments needed to bring the space up to the standards for potential new tenants), Shawnee Sears (31 jobs lost), Sand Springs Kmart (52 jobs lost), Muskogee Sears store and Auto Center (60 jobs lost in November 2014), Enid Sears and Auto Center (at least 38 jobs lost), Tulsa BigKmart (51 jobs lost).

Oregon: Local news reports revealed the Lloyd Center Sears store was sold and will shutdown sometime in the future, the space will be re-purposed into smaller storefronts.  23 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  A Blind Bat News reader warning that the Beaverton Kmart has replaced its permanent signage with temporary ones, and the store is looking empty. There’s been no public reports of the store shutting down. Roseburg Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Tualatin Kmart Center (new property owner from California is tearing everything down for new shopping center, so far no indication the Kmart will be part of the new shopping center), Milwaukie Kmart (61 jobs lost), Coos Bay Kmart (25 jobs lost), Bend Sears (48 jobs lost), Klamath Falls Kmart (64 jobs lost), Albany Kmart (64 jobs lost), Portland Sears Homes Services (no notice), Albany Sears (57 jobs lost), in October a BBN reader warned that Oregon City Kmart was being quietly shutdown, confirmed on 06 November 2014 by Sears Holdings (70 jobs lost). Ontario Kmart (55 jobs lost).

Pennsylvania: Selinsgrove Sears, Uniontown Sears, Lower Allen Township-Camp Hill Sears, Dubois Kmart, Erie Kmart, Lancaster Kmart, Hampden Township-Mechanicsburg Kmart, Monroeville Kmart,  Mount Pleasant Kmart. Shenango Valley Mall Sears store shutting down by mid-April, less than 1-hundred jobs affected.  168 Sears and Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!! In July, Sears Holdings shutdown the Uniontown Kmart, killing at least 73 jobs. But the shutdown is also affecting a locally owned restaurant (Mark C’s Diner) still on the property, whose owners say their sales have crashed-n-burned since the shutdown. Now Sears Holdings say they are about to sell the Uniontown property in an effort to “realize shareholder value from the property”. Butler Sears, New Castle Sears, Beaver Falls Kmart, Philadelphia Kmart on Frankford Avenue. Two Pittsburgh Kmarts. Reading Kmart. Sears store in the Beaver Valley Mall, 62 jobs lost. Viewmont Mall Sears store and Auto Center, 86 jobs lost in July 2016. Reports that the Exton Kmart will shutdown, no word on job losses. Upper Darby Sears Full line, Pottstown Sears Full line, Pittsburgh Kmart, Wilkins Sears, Warminster Kmart (85 jobs lost), Shippensburg Kmart (46 jobs lost), Moon Kmart (143 jobs lost), Bethlehem Township Kmart (62 jobs lost), Philadelphia Gallery Mall Kmart (120 jobs lost), Philadelphia Kmart on Orthodox Street and Castor Avenue (169 jobs lost), Levittown/Middle Township Kmart (87 jobs lost), Waynesboro Kmart (43 jobs lost), Sanatoga-Lower Pottsgrove Kmart (65 jobs lost, the store was also advertising for new hires!), West Mifflin Sears store & Auto Center (88 jobs lost), Rochester Kmart (78 jobs lost), Frazer (Pittsburg Mills Mall) Sears and Auto Center (97 jobs lost), Bloomsburg Sears (57 jobs lost), Frackville Sears and Auto Center (84 jobs lost), North Cornwall Township Sears (51 jobs lost), King of Prussia Sears and Auto Center (no word on number of jobs lost), Lebanon Sears (51 jobs lost), Scotland Chambersburg Mall Sears and Auto Center (62 jobs lost), the upper level of the Willow Grove Mall Sears store to be leased by Primark, King of Prussia Sears store leased out to clothing retailer Primark, East Towne Mall Kmart (51 jobs lost), Frackville Kmart in the Skuylkill Mall (80 jobs lost), Mount Pocono Kmart (66 jobs lost), Fairless Hills Sears Hardware. Granite Run Mall shutdown, meaning the Sears and Sears Auto Center now apparently on a month to month (possibly day to day) lease are soon to follow. Brookhaven Kmart (89 jobs lost).

Puerto Rico: 31 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Vega Baja Kmart (206 jobs lost).

Rhode Island: Woonsocket Sears shutting down. Rhode Island Mall Sears Auto Center shutdown right before Thanksgiving.  Five Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.

South Carolina:  Florence Sears, Anderson Kmart, Greenwood Kmart, North Charleston Kmart. The new owner of a Kmart on the boundaries of Anderson, Seritage KMT Finance, announced it will cut the Kmart store to half its size and is requesting the city of Anderson annex the land (probably in exchange for some taxpayer funded incentives for Seritage).  37 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! The 44 years old Orangeburg Kmart shutting down in August 2016. Camden Kmart. 61 jobs lost as the North Augusta Kmart is shutdown by May 2016. Sumter Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Orangeburg Sears (57 jobs lost), Columbia Kmart on Fort Jackson Boulevard in 2012, Columbia Kmart on Bush River Road in 2009, Columbia Kmart on St Andrews Road (66 jobs lost), Irmo Kmart (no info on how many jobs lost), both Greenville Kmarts (140 jobs lost between the two), Mount Pleasant Kmart (43 jobs lost), Harbison Sears & Sears Auto Center in the Columbiana Centre mall (97 jobs lost), Aiken Sears & Sears Auto Center (at least 54 jobs lost), Inlet Square Mall Kmart (50 jobs lost), West Ashely Kmart (69 jobs lost), Myrtle Beach Kmart (59 jobs lost), Easley Kmart (62 jobs lost).

South Dakota: Sioux Falls Kmart. 11 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Huron Kmart, Yankton Kmart. The Pierre Kmart shutdown March 2016, 45 jobs lost. The Michell Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 52 jobs lost. Spearfish Kmart (51 jobs lost), Sturgis Kmart (57 jobs lost).

Tennessee: Hamilton Place Mall Sears store and the Northgate Mall Sears Auto Center were sold to CBL & Associates Properties who has plans to shut them down in the next two to four years.  Morristown Kmart, Kingsport Sears. Sears Hometown Store in Columbia’s Campbell Shopping Plaza suddenly shutdown by the franchise owner who told local news media that he essentially saw the writing on the wall.  After 30 years the Sears Hometown Store in Dyersburg shutdown. Local news reports say the shutdown was no surprise to the store’s manager.  58 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!   Local news reports say Sears Holdings has posted “Going out of business!” signs on the North Knoxville Kmart, however they could not get any confirmation of shutdown from corporate administrators. Bristol Kmart shutting down by August 2016. Athens Kmart, Sweetwater Kmart, Maryville Kmart. The Murfreesboro Kmart shutdown April, 43 jobs lost. A Memphis Sears and Auto Center (on Poplar Avenue) shutdown in April, 109 jobs lost! Clarksville Kmart shutdown in April, 68 jobs lost. Cleveland Kmart shutdown by mid-March 2016, 67 jobs lost. Antioch Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Cleveland Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Oak Ridge Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Hendersonville Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Morristown Sears (about 70 jobs lost), Clinton South Kmart, Franklin Cool Springs Galleria Sears (92 jobs lost), Memphis Hickory Ridge mall Sears (job loss data not revealed), 48 years old Nashville Kmart on Nolensville Pike to close by January 2014 (57 jobs lost), Franklin Kmart (33 jobs lost), Dickson Kmart (65 jobs lost), talks in progress to end lease for Bellevue (Nashville) Center Mall Sears, Nashville Bellevue Center Sears & Auto Center (at least 44 jobs lost).

Texas: Odessa Sears, two Kmarts in El Paso.  Kileen Kmart, Lufkin Kmart. GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Frisco Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.   Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says the ‘Sears’ property in Harlingen is shutting down.  Local news reports confirmed the Lubbock Kmart is shutting down right before Xmas. 134 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!! Fort Stockton Sears Hometown Store was ‘re-branded’ the America’s Appliance Experts outlet. Sears Holdings revealed the Brownsville Kmart is shutting down by August. El Paso Kmart, Mission Kmart, Sweetwater Kmart. Two Sears parts and repair centers closing in The Woodlands (117 jobs lost), rebuild center in Garland (58 jobs lost), Farmers Branch Sears/Great Indoors, Houston Sears Great/Indoors, Dallas Sears home appliance parts distribution center (77 jobs lost), Simon Property Group owned McAllen Sears store & Auto Center (so far no word on how many jobs will be lost), recently revealed Palestine Sears Hometown (franchise owner quit to work as assistant manager at a local Dollar General). Wichita Falls Sikes Senter Mall Sears (56 jobs lost).

Utah: Vernal Kmart, Layton Kmart. 16 Sears & Kmart properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  Draper Kmart, Price Kmart, West Jordan Kmart. 35 years old Richfield Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 63 jobs lost. North Logan Kmart shutdown April 2016, 58 jobs lost. Murray Sears (local news media in Utah never reported the closure, but they reported that the building was demolished), Orem Kmart (no details reported), Woods Cross Kmart (54 jobs lost), Provo Kmart demolished in anticipation of yet another AtHome furniture store.

Vermont: Five Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.  The Bennington Sears Hometown Store shutdown. Rutland Sears store & Auto Center (65 jobs lost), South Burlington Kmart (66 jobs lost).

Virgin Islands: Three Kmarts  made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list.

Virginia: Bristol Sears, Roanoke Kmart, Fredericksburg Kmart, Norfolk Kmart, Salem Kmart. 63 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  Christiansburg Kmart and the Hampton Kmart shutting down by August 2016. Chester Kmart, 76 jobs gone by mid-July 2016. The Cedar Bluff (50 jobs lost), Covington (36 jobs lost) and Virginia Beach on General Booth Boulevard (no job numbers reported) Kmarts shutdown between March and April 2016! The Sears Hometown Store in Culpeper. Norfolk Sears (at least 40 jobs lost), Midlothian Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Richmond Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Lynchburg Sears (84 jobs lost), Fairfax Kmart (no word on how many jobs lost), Christiansburg Sears (59 jobs lost), Norfolk Kmart on East Little Creek Road (77 jobs lost), Manassas Kmart (71 jobs lost), Stafford Sears Hometown, Newport News-Denbigh Kmart (at least 50 jobs lost), Wise Kmart (58 jobs lost), Harrisonburg Kmart (79 jobs lost), Winchester Kmart (91 jobs lost), Dale City Kmart (69 jobs lost), Chesapeake Sears and Auto Center (82 jobs lost), Front Royal Kmart (88 jobs lost), Pembroke Mall Sears renting out part of their store to DSW & Nordstrom Rack, Sears Holdings say they’re still looking for a “third tenant” for their occupied space. The current nearby Sears Auto Center will be rented out to REI. Colonial Heights Kmart (113 jobs lost), Virginia Beach Hilltop Square Shopping Center Kmart (82 jobs lost).

Washington: 36 years old Lynnwood Sears shutting down by the end of March 2017, local news media reported access to the upper level of the store was already blocked.  Tacoma Kmart on 6th Avenue. GGP-Seritage Growth Partners owned Lynwood Sears store reduced in size and the Auto Center shutting down “in the near future”.   Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties says a ‘Sears’ property in Yakima is shutting down. 46 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! After officially denying that their Marysville Kmart was shutting down, calling it a “a bad rumor” and swearing to local news media that “the store will remain open”, guess what? Local news media reporting that the Marysville Kmart is now plastered with “store closing” signs, 47 jobs lost by by mid-July. Arrogantly Sears Holdings said the employees can apply at other Sears/Kmart stores, however, local news reports say it’s the last Kmart in all of Snohomish County. Eatonville Sears Hometown store. Walla Walla Sears Full line (in August 2012, it was reported that an independent owner of Sears Hometown stores will open a store in Walla Walla), Lacey Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost), Kelso Sears (47 jobs lost), Lakewood Kmart (59 jobs lost), Bellingham Sears (92 jobs lost), Seattle Kmart (85 jobs lost), East Wenatchee Sears (59 jobs lost), Puyallup Kmart (51 jobs lost), Oak Harbor Kmart (68 jobs lost), Sodo Sears and Sears Auto Center (79 jobs lost), Everett Kmart (65 jobs lost), Marysville Kmart (at least 40 jobs lost).

West Virginia: The Hocking Mall Sears Hometown Store suddenly shutdown, with only a weeks notice to employees. The Charleston Town Center Mall Sears store and Auto Center shutting down mid-April 2017.  The Bridgeport Meadowbrook Mall Sears store shutting down “within the next 90 days”, supposedly the Auto center will remain open. The Elkins Kmart shutting down during the 1st quarter of 2017.  In Parkersburg, the Kmart on Division Street shutting down by mid-April 2017.  The Weirton BigKmart shutting down mid-April 2017.
34 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!  The Bluefield Kmart shutting down by August 2016. Oak Hill Kmart (59 jobs lost), Morgantown Kmart (100 jobs lost), Bluefield Sears store & Auto Center (64 jobs lost).

Wisconsin: Brookfield Square Sears store sold to CBL & Associates Properties who has plans to shut it down in the next two to four years.  Platteville Kmart, Racine Kmart. Oshkosh Sears Hometown Store on Witzel Avenue shutting down.  The city of Wausau just put the local taxpayers into debt by at least $650-thousand USD, buying the former Sears location at the Wausau Center. The Wausau Sears shutdown on June 2016. Sears Holdings administrators would only say “we are accelerating the closings of unprofitable stores.”  The Land’s End outlet in the Madison West Towne Mall Sears store suddenly shutdown.  It was also revealed that Sears connected Land’s End has shutdown at least five stores since 2015, due to crashing sales.  36 Kmart & Sears properties made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list! Seritage Growth Properties is ‘downsizing’ the Sears store in the West Towne Mall, according to plans filed with the city of Madison. Those plans show a new restaurant taking up more than half of the space of the Sears store. Administrators refused to answer questions from the local news media.  Hartford Kmart. Superior Kmart shutdown in April 2016, 42 jobs lost. West Baraboo Sears (at least 40 jobs lost, local village officials say the store generated 3% of local tax collections), Rice Lake Kmart (about 71 jobs lost), Brookfield Kmart (56 jobs lost), Racine’s Regency Mall Sears (52 jobs lost), Fort Atkinson Kmart (51 jobs lost), Greenfield Kmart (107 jobs lost), Portage Kmart (78 jobs lost) and Hales Corner (129 jobs lost), Chippewa Falls Kmart (79 jobs lost), Menomonie Kmart (at least 50 jobs lost), Ashwaubenon Kmart recently revealed now owned by Green Bay Packers, will be torn down (80 jobs lost), Shawano Kmart (55 jobs lost), Fond du Lac Sears (42 jobs lost), Glendale Sears store & Auto Center (86 jobs lost), Janesville Kmart (70 jobs lost), Glendale Sears Rebuild center (67 jobs lost), Sheboygan Sears & Auto Center (at least 31 jobs lost), Eau Claire Kmart (93 jobs lost), Plymouth Kmart (59 jobs lost before Xmas), Sheboygan Sears Rebuild Center (30 jobs lost), Wauwatosa Kmart (103 jobs lost).

Wyoming: Cheyenne Kmart shutting down.  Sears offspring Seritage Growth Properties confirmed a ‘Sears’ property in Riverton is shutting down. Sheridan Kmart, Rock Springs Kmart, Riverton Kmart, Cody Kmart & Auto Center, Laramie Kmart, Jackson Kmart, Gillette Kmart, and in Casper and Cheyenne the Sears Stores & Auto Centers and Kmarts (essentially all remaining stores) made the new Sears Holdings Real Estate for sale or lease list!

IMF warns World economies of Trump regime!

21 December 2016 (01:35 UTC-07 Tango 06) 01 Dey 1395/21 Rabi ‘al-Awwal 1438/23 Geng Zi 4714

“The timing of the abrupt asset-price movements—coming within days of the U.S. election—is the key clue about what moved markets. The election of Donald Trump as president, coupled with continuing Republican control of the Congress, ended six years of divided U.S. government.

………More rapidly rising U.S. interest rates signal further dollar appreciation. Tax incentives for U.S. corporation to repatriate their past profits held abroad, which some estimate at $2.5 trillion, could also push the dollar up. Given faster demand growth, the outcome will be a widening U.S. current account deficit, that is, more borrowing from abroad. Some of it will possibly finance a growing Federal fiscal deficit, depending on the precise features of the U.S. fiscal package, the extent to which it is paid for by budget cuts elsewhere, the path of government borrowing rates, and the economy’s growth response.

……..If sharp exchange rate shifts and growing global imbalances follow the U.S. policy regime change, protectionist pressures become a major risk…….it is most likely that emerging market economies are the main targets for higher trade barriers erected by advanced economies.

Governments should therefore keep in mind that protection is likely to be counterproductive at home……In an environment of sharply divergent policy mixes, as we may now be facing, the rules of the global trading system will be more important than ever.”Maurice Obstfeld, International Monetary Fund Economic Counsellor and Director of Research,  and Professor of Economics

A Nation Divided Cannot Stand: Minimum Wage explodes United States?

19 December 2016 (10:44 UTC-07 Tango 06) 29 Azar 1395/19 Rabi ‘al-Awwal 1438/21 Geng Zi 4714

Get ready for a Great Migration of workers from one side of the United States to the other, and from rural areas to metro areas.  Blame minimum wage increases taking place in 2017.

21 states and 22 cities are jacking up how much a U.S. citizen gets paid as a minimum, and most of the cities raising wages are way ahead of the states. In California the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View paying $13.00 per hour.  But if you want to live in a state with relatively less regulations then employers in SeaTac, Washington, will start paying $15.35 per hour!

Here’s the list of states paying people more money to work (hey, Right to Work [you over] Idaho, get ready for even more exodus [“IDAHO…LOST ABOUT 14,200 RESIDENTS SINCE 2010”]):

Alaska – $9.80
Arizona – $10.00
Arkansas – $8.50
California – Varies $10.00-$10.50
Colorado – $9.30
Connecticut – $10.10
Florida – $8.10
Hawaii – $9.25
Maine – $9.00
Maryland – $9.25
Massachusetts – $11.00
Michigan – $8.90
Missouri – $7.70
Montana – $8.15
New Jersey – $8.44
New York – Varies $9.70 -$11
Ohio – $8.15
Oregon – $10.25
South Dakota – $8.65
Vermont – $10.00
Washington – $11.00

A HISTORY LESSON IN ECONOMIC DECLINE: POCATELLO & CHUBBUCK

Good Lord (-stown), Chevy kills 1,360 jobs in one city! : U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics shutdown November 2016

Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss announcements and shutdowns for November 2016.

Germany based VolksWagen (VW) upped their planned global layoffs to 30-thousand, including jobs in the United States!  News media keeps blaming it on VW’s diesel scandal, but it’s really part of VW’s shift to all electric and self-driving car production (as part of the Rockefeller conspiracy).

Arkansas: ArcBest warned 130 employees they will become unemployed due to a 32% crash in revenues!

California: United Parcel Service (UPS) issued a shutdown WARN for its Oakland operations, 470 jobs lost by mid-January 2017 (supposedly temporarily)! Legacy Supply Chain Services shutting down their Fontana ops, 220 jobs lost days before Xmas!  Illinois based product “deployment company” Schawk  issued a layoff WARN for their Cupertino ops, 85 jobs lost right after Xmas. What housing/building industry recovery?  BlueScope Buildings shutting down their Turlock location, 51 jobs lost by March 2017.  What automotive industry recovery? Japan based Hino Motors shutting down their Ontario location, 135 jobs gone by the end of January 2017!  Vehicle tester Kett Engineering issued a layoff WARN for their California City location, 62 jobs gone by the end of January 2017.  Car parts maker Adient finally revealed they shutdown their Fremont location, 40 jobs lost back in October.  Tax-sucker Lockheed Martin shutting down their San Diego rotary systems operations, 95 jobs gone by May 2017.   Boeing issued more layoff WARNs, 82 jobs gone by mid-January 2017.

Illinois: Chicago based tax-sucking Boeing announced it will conduct further defense-government related job cuts as it consolidates operations across the U.S., at least 5-hundred additional jobs could be lost (on top of those already eliminated).  Shippers Warehouse shutting down their Bolingbrook ops, 111 jobs lost by the end of January 2017!  G&G Contract Logistics issued a shutdown WARN for their Morton location, 67 jobs gone by the end of March 2017, due to loss of contract.   Ryder shutting down their Minooka local, 142 jobs gone by February 2017!  ‘Organic’ chemical maker Merisant issued a shutdown WARN for their Manteno operations, 77 jobs lost right before Xmas. What housing/building industry recovery? Environmental controls for residential and commercial buildings company Austin-Westran issued a shutdown WARN for their Byron ops, 79 jobs lost by mid-December.  What automotive industry recovery? Engine parts maker Android Belvidere II issued a shutdown WARN, 273 jobs lost two days before Xmas! Metal fabricator Eberspaecher issued a shutdown WARN for their Belvidere ops, 38 jobs lost days before Xmas, due to “financial” reasons. Alabama Metal Industries shutting down by February 2017, at least 86 jobs lost.

Indiana: British empire owned (British Petroleum) BP Whiting Refinery eliminating 80 salaried jobs, warning that more layoffs are being planned asThe announcement today does not include the represented hourly and salaried workforce.”  What automotive industry recovery?  In Lafayette, TRW Automotive laying off at least 65 people by mid-January 2017, and shutting down their operations on Dale Drive.  Local news media said TRW did not make a reason for the shutdown public.

Kansas: Textron Aviation warned of more layoffs (but gave no numbers) as part of their plans “to streamline our business through workforce reductions to improve our overall operating efficiency”.

Louisiana:  ExpressJet shutting down its maintenance ops in Shreveport, 250 jobs lost to Tennessee!  It should be noted that in February of this year ExpressJet promised to expand their Shreveport ops and hire 71 more people!

Massachusetts: Canton based shoe maker Reebok moving to Boston, affecting 7-hundred jobs in Canton!

Michigan: What automotive industry recovery? General Motors (GM) slashing production of Cadillacs at its Lansing factory, eliminating 839 jobs by mid-January 2017!

Minnesota: Lakeville Motor Express, in Roseville, suddenly shutdown leaving 95 people without jobs or final paychecks.  Officially, administrators blamed “heavy financial losses”, however, union bosses called bull-shit on that as “The freight is still there. The trucks are still there. And the customers are still there. All they did was change the logo on the trucks”.  Local news media implied the admin of Lakeville Motor Express changed the name to Finish Line Express, and moved to a new location in order to ‘bust’ the unionized workers!  Larson Boat Group moving their factory to Wisconsin, 114 Little Falls workers outta work starting in April 2017!

Montana: The city of Stevensville was shocked when the largest employer, steel fabricator Selway, conducted mass layoffs without warning, even the Selway managers were caught off-guard: “Everybody was affected! It happened so quickly. I don’t have the numbers at this point.”-Randy Osgood, Selway ops manager

New Jersey:  In Robbinsville,  Kenco Logistics Services eliminating 466 jobs by the end of January 2017!

New Mexico: Colorado based Intrepid Potash warned that 57 Carlsbad miners will be laid off after Xmas, due to “We created more inventory than we were able to sell.”

New York: NYC based oil company Hess announced it was killing-off 11% of its jobs, investors loved the news and drove Hess stock prices up by 17%.  In Maspeth, sample card maker Dickard Widder Industries issued a shutdown WARN, 94 jobs gone by February 2017. MGS Manufacturing Group shutting down their Buffalo injection molding ops, 62 jobs gone by mid-February 2017. Perfume maker Symrise shutting down their factory in Chester, 36 jobs being moved to New Jersey in February 2017.  Nat-gas company Chart Industries shutting down its Amherst ops, 150 jobs being moved to Georgia!

North Carolina: Kaba Ilco Corporation issued a shutdown WARN for their Winston-Salem factory, 123 jobs gone by the beginning of 2018!  Kaba is moving production to Mexico.

Ohio: What automotive industry recovery?  Lordstown Seating Systems conducting layoffs due to General Motors (GM) ending their third shift at their Lordstown factory.  115 Lordstown Seating System jobs gone by January 2017!  GM laying off 1-thousand 245 people, also by January 2017!   GM blames their third shift shutdown on not enough ‘Mericans buying the Chevy Cruze.  Walton Hills based car parts maker Transtar now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  Administrators told the court they needed $74-million USD in additional loans to keep operating.  (wouldn’t that be nice if individuals who file for bankruptcy could ask for more money? Ain’t unAmerican corporate America wondersful?)

Oklahoma: SandRidge Energy warned of more layoffs, but gave no details.  Shopping cart maker Unarco Industries suddenly began laying off an undisclosed number of employees in Wagoner.  Unnamed employees believe production is being moved to Virginia and China.  What automotive industry recovery?  Navistar laid off 75 workers at it bus factory in Tulsa.

Oregon: California based logistics company UTi eliminating 96 Portland jobs due to being sold to a rival based in Denmark.

Pennsylvania:  Clothing industry distributor Alphabroder-Broder Bros. eliminating 35 jobs in Philadelphia by mid-January 2017.  CEVA Logistics eliminating 173 jobs in Lewisberry by the end of March 2017!  In Hanover,  Air Products and Chemicals continues to kill jobs due to crashing sales, this time the remaining 130 workers have been warned of plant shutdown!

South Carolina: Boeing contractor Impresa Aerospace shutting down its Goose Creek ops, 20 jobs lost.  Company administrators blame it on Boeing demanding that they cut costs.

Tennessee: Battery maker Duracell shutting down their Cleveland factory, 140 jobs lost by 2018!

Texas: Offshore oil rig operator Gulf Marine Fabricators eliminating 251 jobs at its Aransas Pass facility! Oil field housing company PMC Services now chapter 7 bankrupt busted.  Chapter 7 usually means they’re dead.  Boeing shutting down its factory in El Paso, 3-hundred jobs gone as part of its 2020 consolidation plan! What automotive industry recovery? Terex owned Genie shutting down industrial vehicle re-conditioning ops in Waco, 56 jobs consolidated to Oklahoma.

Washington: What housing/building industry recovery? Texas based Garco Building Systems suddenly shutdown its Airway Heights factory, 112 jobs lost without warning (less than 50 people now employed until inventory is sold-off)! Administrators and union reps blame crashing demand for steel buildings in the Pacific Northwest: “We don’t have a lot of orders coming in, haven’t for quite a few years from some of our major customers.”-George Moore, Boilermakers Union Local 242

Wisconsin: The new owner of Brillion Iron Works is shutting it down, suddenly laying off 340 people! Metaldyne Performance Group is moving Brillion Iron Works’ production out-of-state.  What housing/building industry recovery?  Florida based Masonite Corporation shutting down their hardwood factory in Algoma, 180 jobs gone sometime next year!  What automotive industry recovery?   Industrial vehicle maker Terex shutting down their Waukesha factory, 92 jobs lost by February 2017.

Mining/Industrial/Logistics October 2016: “AN EXTENDED SLOWDOWN ENVIRONMENT”

SEARS KMART SELF-DESTRUCT DECEMBER 2016: IT’S A CRIME! SEARS STOPS HONORING WARRANTIES!

THE TECH GRINCH CONDUCTS MASSIVE “ORGANIZATIONAL DOWNSIZING”, MERRY XMAS!

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification.

I found a 2010 AFL-CIO analysis (titled The Public Availability of WARN Notices: Lack of Accessibility and Disclosure…) which proves what I’ve been suspecting in my search of state WARN notices; most states are not complying with federal WARN regulations and are not publicizing or tracking mass layoffs.

Former employees who receive severance are not counted as unemployed!

The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) no longer issues mass layoff reports: “On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the- board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all ‘measuring green jobs’ products. This news release is the final publication of monthly mass layoff survey data.”