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“We are actively course correcting”: ObamaCare Death Spiral, April 2017

Incomplete list of healthcare related layoffs and shutdowns, announced in April 2017:

Arizona: Green Valley Hospital went chapter 11 bankrupt busted blaming a “massive amount of debt at a high interest rate, plus fees”.

California:  Brentwood based medical device maker Halt Medical now bankrupt busted and being forced to sell itself to Acessa Health.  Victor Valley Global Medical Center laid off 18 people, administrators blamed reduced ObamaCare (ACA) taxpayer funding for Medi-Cal.  Non-profit Rideout Health issued layoff and shutdown WARNs for three locations, 89 jobs lost between May and the end of June. Abbott Laboratories shutdown its Carlsbad ops, 60 jobs lost.  Drugs company Amgen issued a mass layoff WARN for Thousand Oaks, 494 jobs gone by mid-June!  Drugs seller DaVita Rx eliminating 15 jobs in June.  In Redwood, OncoMed Pharmaceuticals suddenly laid off 62 people. 

Connecticut: Greensprings Healthcare and Rehab issued a shutdown WARN for East Hartford, 150 jobs going away starting at the end of June!

Florida: Drugs packaging company International Laboratories laying off 112 people in June!  Tampa General Hospital laying off 119 people in June!

Georgia: Jenkins County Medical Center shutting down, 55 jobs lost by June due to merger with another medical center.

Idaho: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that almost 40% of Idahoans have ‘pre-existing’ medical conditions that would prevent them from getting health insurance.  The Washington based franchise owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers, ET Research, went bankrupt and shutdown its Boise office without warning.  The parent company in Iowa said ET Research was in so much debt they owed money to 1-thousand-2-hundred creditors!   A Rexburg woman had her insurance license revoked by state officials after she filed false medical claims. 

Illinois: In Danville, after more than 70 years Bratland’s Prescription Shop shutdown.

Indiana: Covance Clinical Development Services shutting down its Evansville laboratory, more than 1-hundred jobs lost in July!  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Saint Vincent Frankfort Hospital from laying off 124 people due to not renewing its lease with Clinton County!

Iowa: In Des Moines, after 145 years (surviving The Great Depression and two World Wars) Hammer Pharmacy shutdown after merging with competitor Medicap.

Kentucky: KentuckyOne Health eliminating 250 jobs blaming ObamaCare’s “continuing evolution of health care reform and reimbursement structures.”  God powerless to stop ‘his’ Methodist Hospital from suddenly laying off 61 people, admitting that ObamaCare is more powerful than god saying “Our hospital admissions and outpatient volumes are not meeting expectations, while uncompensated care expenses are up significantly. This imbalance mirrors what healthcare organizations across our state are experiencing.”

Louisiana: LifeCare Specialty Hospital shutting down, 167 jobs lost between now and June!

Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Medical School eliminating 65 jobs due to lack of money.

Michigan: UP Health System-Marquette suddenly laid off “a few dozen employees”.

Minnesota: Minnetonka based insurance company Medica announced it is quitting the state administered Medicaid program, resulting in 250 jobs disappearing and cutting off 300-thousand ObamaCare customers!   Medica claims it lost $200-million USD under Minnesota’s version of ObamaCare-Medicaid (called MinnesotaCare).

Mississippi:  East Mississippi State Hospital eliminating 74 jobs in Meridian due to state taxpayer funding cuts.

New Jersey: Jersey City Medical Center-RWJBarnabas Health suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of employees due to ObamaCare directed conversion to digital records keeping.

New York: NYC Health warned of more layoffs by saying it’s “redesigning management structure to create a more efficient and financially sustainable organization”.  Medicaid NCC Customer Service Anthem issued a shutdown WARN, 86 jobs gone by the end of July.

North Dakota: God powerless to stop ‘his’ CHI Saint Alexius from laying off an additional 25 people, for a total so far of 119 in the past year!

Oregon:  The Washington based franchise owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers, ET Research, went bankrupt and shutdown its Oregon locations without warning.  The parent company in Iowa said ET Research was in so much debt they owed money to 1-thousand-2-hundred creditors!  Mid-Columbia Medical Center laid off 11 people, administrators blamed many things including ObamaCare insurance reimbursements.  Three employees also had their pay reduced and ten employees had their hours cut.

Pennsylvania: York based Unilife now bankrupt busted, more than 140 jobs eliminated without warning! The medical device maker also laid off 40% of its employees in 2016.

Rhode Island:  Non-profit Care New England warned of impending layoffs, mainly in its women’s and children’s operations, due to massive financial losses.  In 2016 ObamaCare caused Care New England (the second largest hospital group in the state) to lose $68-million.

South Carolina: Abbeville Area Medical Center laid off 13 people blaming “the challenges health care is throwing at us.”

Virginia: Central Virginia Training Center laying off 14 people in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services in May.  After 60 years on Charlottesville, Meadowbrook Pharmacy shutdown due to competition from ‘big box’ pharmacies.  Despite that claim, ‘big box’ pharmacy Rite Aid shutdown its Pulaski store due to lack of profits.

Washington: Spokane based franchise owner of Positive Changes Hypnosis Centers, ET Research, went bankrupt and shutdown its Washington locations without warning.  The parent company in Iowa said ET Research was in so much debt they owed money to 1-thousand-2-hundred creditors!  Trios Health-Kennewick Public Hospital District suddenly laid off 95 people saying “We are actively course correcting….”  Vancouver based PeaceHealth eliminated more than 3-hundred jobs in Washington and Oregon as it shutdown its Outreach Laboratories!  Healthcare analytics company Caradigm issued a layoff WARN for Bellevue, 39 jobs lost by mid-June.

ObamaCare (ACA) death spiral March 2017: “TREATING AN INCREASING NUMBER OF UNINSURED & UNDERINSURED PATIENTS.”

“This is usually the busiest time of the year. Usually we’re hiring extra help.” Not this year!: U.S. Food Crisis, April 2017

Incomplete list of announced United States food supply shutdowns for the month of April, 2017: Many food suppliers/distributors are consolidating operations and killing jobs due to the collapsing grocery store and restaurant industries, as well as rising costs of food production, spread of disease and extreme weather.

California:  After 91 years the restaurant Genova Delicatessen shutdown its locations in Oakland and North Oakland, the family owners blame an increase in crime.  The Fishwife’s Turtle Bay Taqueria shutting down its Monterey location. In Fresno, after 18 years mom&pop owned Uncle Harry’s New York Bagelry & Coffee House shutting down because the “…landlord based in New York was not interested in renewing our lease and preferred/desired a ‘national’ tenant instead.”  Meadowbrook Meat Company shutting down its operations in Pleasanton and Tracy, 147 jobs gone between July and October (last month Meadowbrook announced the shutdown of its Ontario ops, 171 jobs lost in May)!  JBS USA Food Company issued a shutdown WARN for its Commerce location, 34 jobs lost by the end of May.  Food service contractor Sodexo issued a shutdown WARN for its ops in Davis, 136 jobs gone by the end of June!

Florida: Kendall based Pollo Tropical announced it will shutdown 30 restaurants in Georgia, Tennessee and Texas (in addition to the ten they’ve already shutdown).  In Gainesville, Alico Citrus Nursery suddenly laid off 31 people.  

Georgia:  Atlanta based Coca-Cola announced it will kill 1-thousand-2-hundred jobs in the second half of 2017!  Are crashing sales because of anti-soda taxes?  In Atlanta, Vine & Tap wine bar shutdown without warning after only three years, due to owner’s family health problems.

Idaho: An estimated 100 million pounds of spoiled onions have been disposed of in Idaho and Oregon following a winter of unprecedented snowfall.

Eastern Idaho potato growers are at least a week behind normal, and even further behind compared to their early starts the past two seasons. He believes the odds of repeating last season’s bumper spud and grain crops are growing longer.

Illinois:  McCain Foods USA, Inc. announced it is voluntarily recalling frozen hash brown products that may be contaminated with extraneous golf ball material.  (In 2002, the University of Idaho created a guide on “Managing Foreign Material for Quality Idaho Potatoes” in which golf balls were featured as a “common foreign material found in potatoes,” alongside bones, light bulbs, manure, shot gun shells and irrigation equipment.)   Food Service Professionals issued a shutdown WARN for its Flossmoor ops, 134 jobs lost by August!  Red Bull laid off 32 people in Chicago, no reason given.     In Hinsdale, wine seller Village Cellar shutting down when the inventory is gone because the local government nabobs refused a new expanded booze license.  The maker of food products for Tony Roma’s and Butchers Prime, Rupari Foods, now bankrupt busted and supposedly sold to competing food processor Carl Buddig.Grocery store supplier Central Grocers suddenly laid off 29 warehouse workers in Joliet.  Former employees told local news media that something is wrong because “This is usually the busiest time of the year. Usually we’re hiring extra help.”  As well as putting itself up for sale, Central Grocers is also shutting down and selling-off seven Ultra Foods grocery stores, at least 8-hundred Ultra Foods jobs lost by mid-June !  The grocery employee union has sued Central Grocers in an attempt to stop the sale of the business.

Indiana:  In Evansville, after 30 years Fred’s Bar and Grill shutting down by mid-May, sounds like it’s due to property redevelopment.

Iowa:  Grocery chain Hy-Vee threatened 60 HQ workers with layoffs unless they accepted reassignment to lower level jobs.  Administrators blamed it on a rapidly changing grocery market.  Save-a-Lot shutting down its Dubuque grocery store by mid-May, because it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.

Kentucky: In Covington, Piccolo Casa (formerly NuVo) stopped serving lunch and will shutdown in May, no reason given.

Maryland:   Quincy’s Bar & Grille chapter 11 bankrupt busted, the bar & grill was shutdown six weeks before the bankruptcy filing.  Besides the usual debts, Quincy’s owner owes the landlord more than $73-thousand USD in rent. After 25 years Lenny’s Deli shutdown, the owners lamented to local news media about a time when business was booming.   Tian’s Teriyaki shutdown so the owner could return to China.

Massachusetts: Cumberland Farms sold-off and shutdown its small Greenfield grocery store on Main Street.

Minnesota:  In Duluth, after 29 years booze seller Lake Superior Bottle Shop secretly sold to make room for taxpayer funded housing development.  In Le Center, after less than one year The Lunchbox shutting down in July, due to not being able to renew the lease.  The building owner also revealed that it’s up for sale.  In Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro area two PizzaRev restaurants shutdown after only three years.

Mississippi: In Gulfport, Winn Dixie shutting down its grocery store on East Pass Road.

Montana: In Great Falls, the Pizza Baron shutdown and the building is for sale, the owner say he doesn’t have time to run it anymore due to focusing on his other more profitable businesses.

Nevada: In Las Vegas, after only two years the world’s largest Hooters restaurant (more than 5-hundred seats) shutting down in May.  In Reno, after five years Wedge Cheese Shop shutdown due to a 25% rent increase, the owner Laura Conrow explained why she didn’t just move: “….I was so tired, I couldn’t take on another thing. Basically, the only option was to close.”

New Jersey: In Atlantic Highlands, after 32 years the Memphis Pig Out shutdown, with the long time owners exclaiming “We are ecstatic to be free of all the responsibilities of owning a business!”

New York: In Pine City, after 134 years (surviving The Great Depression and two World Wars) Shepard’s Market shutdown due to the current owner’s health problems and the fact that nobody wanted to takeover the family run grocery store.  In West Hurley, Hurley Ridge Market has been sold, the new owner (HR Market) is shutting it down, 60 jobs lost in July.  The Fresh Market in Woodbury shutting down due to economic reasons, 47 jobs lost between May and July.  Openly anti-Trump Kellogg Snacks
shutting down its Orangeburg and Hauppauge Distribution Centers, 41 jobs lost between July and August due to a sudden crash in sales after Trump was elected.

North Carolina: With short notice Food Lion shutdown its 20 years old store in Mills River saying it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease, 40 jobs lost.

North Dakota: In Fargo, after 37 years Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream shutdown, supposedly due to problems finding competent employees.

Ohio: In Girard, after 14 years Daffin’s Candies suddenly shutdown blaming lack of sales.  Marsh shutting down its grocery store in Colerain, as part of plans by Marsh to shutdown ten grocery stores in the next month (supposedly due to lack of sales).  Chad Anthony’s Italian Grill & Pub shutdown its Salem and Boardman locations, due to lack of sales.

Oregon: In Portland, Bridgeport Brewery suddenly laid off 13 people due to skyrocketing competition in the craft brewery industry.

Pennsylvania: New taxes being blamed for crashing soda sales, causing Coca-Cola to layoff 40 people in Philadelphia.

South Carolina: In Columbia, after 16 years El Burrito forced to shutdown by a California based REIT which bought up the area’s commercial properties.

Texas: In Dallas, after decades Über-popular El Corazon de Tejas (Tejano, El Chico) suddenly sold-off and will shutdown so the building can be torn down.  In Houston, Red Ox Bar & Grill shutdown on short notice, apparently losing their lease to another restaurant.

Virginia:  Martin’s Food Market (Martin’s Food & Drug Stores) announced it is eliminating 487 jobs and shutting down four stores between June and July!  This is on top of the seven stores already shutdown and 1-thousand-110 people already rendered jobless! It’s directly connected to the takeover of Martin’s by Florida based competitor Publix Super Markets.  With short notice Food Lion shutdown its 20 years old store in Roanoke (on Williamson Road) saying it wasn’t worth it to renew the lease.  In Lynchburg, after four years Hill City House Grill suddenly shutdown due to government plans to use the property as part of a new connector road to Route 501.

Wisconsin: In Madison, Copps grocery store shutdown affecting 76 jobs, as a result of a decision by the owner Roundy’s, which in turn is owned by Kroger.  Kroger-Roundy’s administrators said the Copps chain of grocery stores is losing money.

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

REIT=Real Estate Investment Trust

U.S. Food Crisis, March 2017: “YOU HAVE TO WORK ONE JOB TO PAY TO WORK ANOTHER”

No Ammo, no Guns, no Job! “unforeseeable significant downturn”: U.S. Mining/Industry/Logistics layoffs, March 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss/shutdown announcements made in March 2017.

Iconic and at one time the largest U.S. moving company Graebel Van Lines “ceasing ongoing operations, effective immediately”!  At least 2-thousand jobs suddenly gone!  News reports say its the second major moving company to go bust since December 2016 (Kane Company)!  News media also discovered that some employees and creditors began lawsuits this year over unpaid wages and debts!  If the company is legally broke they’ll never get paid (happened to me in 2012).

 California:  In Riverside, SiftMill issued a shutdown WARN, for April.  Waste cleanup company Global Sulfur Systems shutting down its Cerritos ops by the end of April.  What construction industry recovery? Construction engineering company Mas Tec North America eliminating 74 jobs by May.

Colorado: Distributor Bartkus Oil shutting down after 71 years due to crashing demand from the farm industry.

Connecticut:  In Orange, Valley Tool eliminating 65 jobs by June.

Florida: JCPenney issued a shutdown WARN for its Lakeland Logistics Center, 119 jobs gone between May and October!  What construction industry recovery?  CTIS eliminating 70 jobs at its West Palm Beach location, by mid-May.  At Elgin AFB, federal tax sucker SURVICE Engineering eliminating 91 jobs by mid-April.  And federal tax sucker PAE Aviation and Technical Services laid off 133 people at Elgin AFB!

Idaho:   Ammo maker Federal Cartridge (Federal Premium Ammunition) suddenly furloughed 1-hundred employees at its Lewiston factory, blaming hunters and Donald Trump: “…we experienced a challenging retail environment due in part to a weak hunting season and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”

Illinois: Troubled United Airlines eliminating 3-hundred HQ jobs in Chicago!  School bus company First Student laying off 75 people in June due to loss of contract. Jackobson Warehouse shutting down its Romeoville location, 162 jobs lost by the end of May!  In Bolingbrook, Dedicated Logistics issued a shutdown WARN, 121 jobs lost by May due to loss of contract!  Also in Bolingbrook, logistics consultant Radial shutting down, 132 jobs lost by the end of June!  In Belvidere, Auto Releasing shutting down, 68 rail jobs lost by May due to loss of contract.  Also in Belvidere, Pierce Packaging shutting down, 46 jobs lost by the end of May due to loss of contract.  What automotive industry recovery? Tri-Dim Filter suddenly laid off 27 people in Belvidere. In Stockton, Dura Automotive Systems issued a layoff WARN, 171 jobs lost in May due to loss of contract!  In Romeoville, Stant USA shutting down, 69 jobs lost by January 2018.

Indiana: What automotive industry recovery?  Wisconsin based farm vehicle parts maker Rexnord shutting down its Indianapolis bearings factory and moving more than 3-hundred jobs to Mexico by the end of the year, despite threats by Donald Trump!  The layoffs started at the beginning of March.  Surface finisher Saran Industries eliminating 110 jobs by the end of June due to factory shutdown!

Iowa: What automotive industry recovery?  Caterpillar shutting down its Elkader factory, 75 jobs lost to Kansas.

Kentucky:  Gun maker Remington laid off about 16 people in Lexington.

Louisiana:  In Morgan, Petroleum Helicopters suddenly shutdown “…due to a very difficult economic environment and changes in our customers’ needs.”  The company transports workers to off-shore oil rigs.

Maryland: Georgia based Burris Logistics eliminating an undisclosed number of employees at its Elkton ops. Local news media discovered that Burris already eliminated about 50 jobs in neighboring Delaware, and speculated it might have something to due with Burris’ biggest customer BJ’s Wholesale Clubs.  Maker of store display units, Missouri based iDX Corporation, shutting down its Columbia factory, 68 jobs lost.  Local  news media reported that iDX wanted to expand but was not able to find a larger property at a price they could afford.

Michigan: What automotive industry recovery? Luxembourg based truck and farm vehicle parts maker SAF-Holland consolidating its U.S. operations, including shutting down their Holland factory, 97 Michigan jobs lost in October.  Auto parts maker Inteva Products furloughing 2-hundred employees for at least six months due to “the cancellation of our agreement with one of our largest customers”.  General Motors (GM) laying off 1-thousand-1-hundred people as it phases out GMC Acadia production at its factory in Lansing, by May!

Minnesota: Ammo maker Federal Cartridge (Federal Premium Ammunition) suddenly laid off 110 employees at its Anoka factory, blaming hunters and Donald Trump: “…we experienced a challenging retail environment due in part to a weak hunting season and the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.”

New Hampshire: Thompson Investment Casting suddenly laid off 53 gun foundry workers, blaming the election of Donald Trump for crashing gun sales. Clarke Distributors-White Mountain Distributors being sold-off, affecting at least 123 employees!

New Jersey:   In Logan-Swedesboro, drugs pusher Walgreens shutting down its 18 years old e-commerce distribution center, 133 jobs lost in June!  Walgreens is consolidating its internet operations.  Warren Distributing eliminating 128 jobs by the end of April! Local news media say no reason was given.  In Wall, NRG Energy issued a WARN, 65 jobs gone by mid-June.  In Paulsboro, oil refiner AXEON issued a WARN, 115 jobs lost by May!  In Lawrenceville, Hub City Distributing issued a WARN, 101 jobs lost by the end of April!  Switzerland based ‘inspection’ company SGS issued a WARN for its Mawah location, 37 jobs gone by mid-May.

New York: Local news media reporting that General Electric (GE) will layoff a “small percentage” of people in Schenectady due to “current challenges in the power market and the integration of GE and legacy Alstom”.  Gun maker Remington laid off 122 people in Ilion blaming “poor economic policies pushed by Gov. Cuomo and Assembly Democrats as well as the SAFE Act. Make no mistake, there is a direct correlation.”  In Rotterdam, Railex issued a shutdown WARN, 138 rail jobs gone by the end of June, due to loss of contract!  Manufacturer Allenair issued a shutdown WARN for its Mineola location, 69 jobs lost by September.  The Research Foundation for The State University of New York
Smart System Technology and Commercialization Center shutting down its research and development ops, 30 jobs lost by mid-June.  School bus company East End Bus Lines shutting down in Medford, 255 jobs lost due to loss of contract!

North Carolina:  North State Aviation shutting down operations at the Smith Reynolds Airport, 345 jobs lost due to “unforeseeable significant downturn in business”!

Ohio: Oneida Group laid off ten people at its Anchor-Hocking glass cookware operations near Lancaster.  The jobs were outsourced to a company based in India, in order to improve “profitability”.  3M shutting down its factory in Elyria, 136 jobs lost between May and August!  Rail company CSX laid off 34 people “as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to be more efficient and reduce operating costs”.  What coal industry recovery? Dayton Power & Light going ahead with plans to shutdown two co-op owned coal fired power plants in 2018.

Oklahoma:  Linde Engineering eliminating about 80 jobs in Tulsa; 30 with outright layoffs and about 50 jobs being transferred to Texas.  It’s blamed on the petroleum industry BS.  Industrial emission control system maker John Zink eliminated an undisclosed number of jobs blaming “changing market conditions”.

Ohio: Maumee based agribusiness and farm retailer Andersons shutdown its distribution center as part of plans to go-out-of-business (announced last month).  Standex International-Enginetics shutting down its Eastlake aerospace factory, 28 jobs lost by July, “due to the strategic consolidation”.

Oregon: What construction industry recovery? Maker of fireplaces Portland Willamette shutting down its factory near Portland International Airport, the remaining 62 jobs gone by mid-May.

Pennsylvania: Nippon (Japan) owned nuclear power plant company Westinghouse now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  Parent company Toshiba has been losing money hand-over-fist ever since the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Westinghouse will probably be sold to raise cash.  220 jobs lost as chemical company Indspec shuts down its factory in Petrolia, at the end of July!   Classtex suddenly shutdown its 70 years old knitting mill in Orwigsburg, the remaining 15 employees lost their jobs due to “Offshore competition mainly. It’s difficult to compete with countries that are not even paying their people $1 an hour, and they don’t have to worry paying their people any kind of benefits.”  Despite investment by Bill Gates hi-tech battery maker Aquion Energy suddenly laid off 80% of employees and declared bankruptcy!  Administrators said that even with funding by Bill Gates “the company has been unable to raise the growth capital needed to continue operating”.  Blaschak Coal laid off 55 people blaming a warm winter for low sales.  In Steelton, ArcelorMittal laid off an additional 86 people as it reduces the number of shifts. In September 2016, ArcelorMittal laid off 27 people. In Carlise, CEVA Logistics issued a WARN, 101 jobs lost by May!  In York, heat exchanger maker Kelvion eliminating 72 jobs by the end of June. Injection mold maker DME eliminating 61 jobs in Youngwood, by June.

South Carolina: Local news media reporting that General Electric (GE) will layoff a “small percentage” of people due to “current challenges in the power market and the integration of GE and legacy Alstom”.  After more than 20 years plastic packaging maker Buckhorn shutting down its factory in Bluffton, 1-hundred jobs lost due to sudden consolidation of ops!  The mayor of Bluffton, Ted Ellis, said “When I asked management if there was something we could have done, or could do to keep them here, they said no. That was a decision made elsewhere and we’re just at their mercy.” What automotive industry recovery?  Vehicle parts maker Dayco shutting down its 43 years old Walterboro factory, more than 120 jobs lost over the next few months!

Tennessee: Mississippi hauler Ingram Barge suddenly laid off 47 people blaming it on a sudden drop in business.

Texas: Troubled (by corporate insider games) oil contractor Ethos Offshore now chapter 7 bankrupt busted.   Oil contractor Enbridge eliminating 1-thousand jobs in the U.S. and Canada!  It’s the result of Enbridge’s takeover of competitor Sprecta Energy.  Gulf Marine Fabricators killing another 19 jobs on top of the hundreds it killed in the past 22 months.

Virginia: Local news media reporting that General Electric (GE) will layoff a “small percentage” of people in Salem due to “current challenges in the power market and the integration of GE and legacy Alstom”.  In Fisherville, Wilson Trucking laid off about 1-hundred people due to its takeover by a Texas company.

Washington: Boeing issued yet another mass layoff WARN, 245 jobs lost starting mid-May!  Japan owned Nippon Paper suddenly laid off 151 Port Angeles workers!  In SeaTac, Menzie’s Aviation shutting down, 949 jobs gone by May!  What automotive industry recovery?  Car electronics parts maker Harman International Industries issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in Cheney, 86 jobs gone by May.  At nuke disaster site Hanford, tax sucking contractor CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation warned employees that 250 could lose their jobs because ‘key work’ at the disaster site was considered finished.  Also at Hanford, tax sucker Mission Support Alliance said it was laying off as many as 50 people.

West Virginia:  New York based Special Metals laid off 34 people in Huntington, in what local news media called “another round of layoffs”.  What construction industry recovery?  In Holden, hardwood floor maker Mohawk Industries laid off 111 people due to consolidation operations!

Wisconsin: Temp agency Manpower eliminating 150 HQ jobs in Milwaukee!  The administrative jobs are being replaced by robots/computers!

Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, February 2017:  “INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION PROGRAM”

Retail/Banking/Service Sector Collapse, March 2017: “WE JUST DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE.”

“experiencing declining enrollment, and we will continue to”: Dumbing Down the U.S. of A., March 2017

Disappearing Students Syndrome (DSS): A phrase created by me to describe a phenomenon taking place across the United States, affecting both privately and publicly funded schools, from Kindergarten all the way through University levels.

Incomplete list of publicly announced education related layoffs & school shutdowns, March 2017:

California:  A true sign of advanced education; in San Francisco a book store which also doubles as a booze joint, Two Sisters Bar & Books, shutdown.  Los Angeles Unified School District notified 1-thousand-6-hundred employees of layoffs due to massive DSS and taxpayer funding cuts!  At a “special” meeting Azusa School District voted to layoff 14 teachers due to an unexpected reduction in taxpayer funding.  Local news media pointed out that the superintendent got an 8% pay raise, but supposedly that was before the sudden reduction in state funding. San Diego Unified School District eliminating 850 jobs due to a $124-million deficit!  Administrators pointed out that if they didn’t start laying people off then the state could take over.  In the largest county in the world, Rim of the World Unified School District notified at least ten teachers of layoffs.  In Santa Monica, American Flyers shutting down its flight school in April.  Local news media said its the second flight school at the Santa Monica Airport to shutdown in the past 12 months, speculating it has to due with ongoing problems with city administrators.  However, city admin smugly stated “They chose to leave on their own for their own reasons.”  In Modesto, Nasco Education eliminating 46 jobs at the end of May.

Idaho: As I warned back in 2016, Islamic extremist U.S. ally Saudi Arabia’s funding cuts to Idaho State University (ISU) could result in layoffs. Local news media reporting that ISU is dealing with a $12-million USD shortfall and the loss of 35% of its Middle Eastern students!  ISU admin warned of layoffs if state taxpayers aren’t forced to make up the funding difference!  (Related: SAUDI ARABIA TAKES OVER TEXAS OIL SUPPLY & SOUTHEAST U.S. FUEL SALES!)

Illinois: Community Unit School District 308 notified at least 48 people of layoffs (mainly teachers) due to crashing enrollments and taxpayer funding.  Richland Community College laid off 18 people due to crashing taxpayer funding and what I call DSS.   McHenry County College eliminating 25 jobs, reducing work hours for five positions and not filling six soon to be vacant positions, blaming crashing taxpayer funding and what I call DSS.  Aurora University suddenly laid off about 45 people due to problems with state taxpayer MAP (Monetary Award Program) funding.   Community High School District 155 warning of layoffs and reduced work hours, blaming a $1.6-million deficit on “experiencing declining enrollment, and we will continue to”.   School bus company First Student laying off 75 people in June due to loss of contract.   Aramark Educational Services lost its food contract with Indian Prairie School District, 169 jobs gone by June!  In Moline, Readmore Book World and Rock Shop shutdown: “We’re closing this time mostly because I’m not as interested in staying in retail anymore…..you’ve got to have the fire in your belly to keep going, especially in independent retail, and stuff that has small profit margins like this.”-Randy Pearson, co-owner

Maryland: Kent County Board of Education shutting down Millington and Worton elementary schools due to a $1.2-million deficit caused by 20 years of crashing student enrollments!

Massachusetts:  Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District eliminating at least 18 jobs due to being in the hole by $1.2-million USD.  Administrators admitted that the elimination of 18 jobs still wouldn’t make up for the budget deficit.

Michigan: Central Michigan University warning of mass layoffs due to an estimated $20-million deficit!

Missouri:  Saint Louis University eliminating 120 jobs due to a $16-million deficit caused by increasing costs and decreasing student enrollments!

New York:  In Buffalo, after 70 years god powerless to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Mary Queen of Angels school due to The Rapture, I mean declining student enrollments and increasing costs of operations.  Interestingly the christian school’s mascot is a winged bison. Fairport Central School District eliminating 30 teaching jobs in the 2017-18 school year.  The local teacher’s union warned that layoffs could be more depending upon the state budget.  School bus company Durham School Services issued a layoff WARN, 216 jobs lost due to loss of contract!   School bus company East End Bus Lines shutting down in Medford, 255 jobs lost due to loss of contract!

Oregon: Portland Public Schools warning of 70 teacher layoffs due to crashing student enrollments.  Administrators swear they’ve eliminated jobs elsewhere in an attempt to save teaching jobs, but the enrollment problem is only getting worse. University of Oregon notified 75 employees of layoffs, after years of hiring new employees.  Administrators blame an expected $8.8-million deficit on skyrocketing costs of employee benefits (partially caused by ObamaCare). The employee’s union says the number of people to be laid off will actually be more than 75.

Pennsylvania:  Norwin School District warning of layoffs due to being short an estimated $3.3-million.  Mansfield University warning of layoffs and shutdowns of departments due to a 35% crash in enrollments since 2010!  In the middle of the school year Khepera Charter School suddenly laid off 11 people, including teachers, blaming a lack of funding. The ‘African-American’ Khepera Charter School has a history of sudden layoffs and last year a whistle-blower revealed massive financial fraud.  Michigan based Baker College shutting down its one year old campus in Reading, due to lack of students.  Non-profit Mount Pleasant Glass Museum shutdown after only three years, they didn’t charge an admission fee and never got enough donations.

Tennessee: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Aquinas College from suddenly laying off the majority of its employees and forcing half the student body to transfer to other ‘christian’ schools!

Texas: In Fort Worth, the short lived Military Museum shutdown.  Local news reports said until 2016 about 3-thousand people per year visited the museum, but last year only 1-thousand showed up.

South Dakota: After almost 40 years the privately owned National Museum of Wood Carving shutdown.  The owners needed money so they put everything up for sale.

Virginia:  More proof god can’t save you, and neither can the internet; god powerless to stop ‘his’ online based Liberty University from eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.  Administrators blame “competition” for causing The Rapture, I mean the loss of several thousands of students!

Washington: After 68 years School of Piano Technology for the Blind  shutting down due to no more students!  Local news reports say the last two students graduated in December 2016.

West Virginia: During an emergency meeting Wayne County Schools announced the elimination of  85 jobs due to an expected $1.8-million reduction in taxpayer funding caused by ongoing Disappearing Students Syndrome.

Dumbing Down February 2017: OBAMA KILLS 200 COLLEGES! “STRATEGIC REALIGNMENT”

“treating an increasing number of uninsured & underinsured patients.”: ObamaCare Death Spiral, March 2017

Incomplete list of healthcare related layoffs and shutdowns, announced in March 2017:

Israeli based drugs pusher Teva announced it will eliminate 6-thousand jobs globally, including within the United States (that’s on top of the hundreds of U.S. jobs they’ve already killed)!

Alabama: Highlands Medical Center suddenly laid off 26 people directly blaming “… the Budget Control Act of 2011 and Affordable Care Act. The cost of providing healthcare has risen drastically in recent years. We are receiving reduced payments from Medicare for the care we provide, while at the same time we are treating an increasing number of uninsured and underinsured patients.”  (note that even with ObamaCare hospitals are seeing even more people who don’t have insurance!)

Arizona: Banner Health laid off “a small number” of doctors as part of ongoing layoffs in connection with the shutdown of its cardiology clinics.

California:  Stanford Health Care eliminating 123 jobs due to the ‘everchanging healthcare climate’! Non-profit Rideout Health laying off 106 people and discontinuing home-health and hospice services by the end of June due to ObamaCare payment reductions!  Pfizer issued a shutdown WARN for its Palo Alto operations, at least 38 jobs lost by the end of April.  Ambulance service Paramedics issued a shutdown WARN for its San Leandro ops, 465 jobs lost by the end of April!  Drugs maker PL Developments issued a shutdown WARN for its Lynwood ops, 53 jobs gone by May.  Ireland based medical device maker Medtronic issued a shutdown WARN for its Sunnyvale ops.  In Thousand Oaks, drugs maker Amgen killing about 450 jobs as it moves operations to Florida later in the year!

Connecticut:  Drugs maker Alexion Pharmaceuticals laying off 210 people in an effort to prepare for the long term!

Florida: Clinical Pathology Labs eliminating 73 jobs in Orlando, between May and September.  EmblemHealth Services issued a WARN, 221 jobs in Hollywood gone by the end of April!

Idaho: After 17 years Affinity, one of the largest mental health services provider in the Boise area, was shutdown following a raid by the IRS. Hundreds of employees now unemployed and at least 8-hundred patients with nowhere to go.  Local news media reported that the federal Internal Revenue Service has yet to explain the raid.

Illinois: The state prison system notified 124 nurses that their jobs were ending in June!  It’s probably in retaliation for the unionized nurses filing an unfair labor practice lawsuit against the state.

Indiana: Insurance company MDwise no longer paying for state Medicaid related healthcare!  MDwise also laid off 79 people.  Roche Diabetes Care eliminating 157 jobs due to increasing competition!

Iowa:  Shenandoah Medical Center suddenly laid off 14 people, blaming Medicaid reimbursement changes.  13 employees had their work hours reduced.  Tax sucking federal contractor General Dynamics eliminating 220 jobs at its Medicaid call center ops in Coralville, in May!   Administrators directly blamed ObamaCare open enrollment demand saying “The call centers are staffed to handle the demands of open enrollment periods. As has been done in previous years, we will continue to manage staffing levels throughout the year to meet consumer demand.”

Kentucky:  ‘Cloud’ based ZirMed suddenly laid off 60 people, blaming healthcare market trends.  Louisville based insurance company Humana warning of mass layoffs in Kentucky and Wisconsin after failing to take over competitor Aetna.   God powerless to stop ‘his’ Baptist Health Kentucky from eliminating 288 jobs!

Maryland: HealthStream shutting down its internet based patient interview operations in Laurel, 134 jobs gone by the end of June!

Massachusetts: North Shore Medical Center warning of mass layoffs due to being $48-million USD in the hole, no thanks to ObamaCare.

Mississippi:  University of Mississippi Medical Center eliminating 195 jobs and will not fill 85 vacant positions due to ObamaCare reductions to patient care reimbursement!

Missouri: Healthcare software company Lumeris warned of more layoffs as it spends more money taking over competitors.

New Jersey:  In Logan-Swedesboro, drugs pusher Walgreens shutting down its 18 years old e-commerce distribution center, 133 jobs lost in June!  Walgreens is consolidating its internet operations.  Express Scripts issued a WARN, 66 jobs in Franklin Lakes gone by mid-April.

New Mexico: Gila Regional Medical Center suddenly laid off 12 people, and will not fill seven vacant positions due to ObamaCare causing lower patient volumes and dwindling reimbursement.

New York: Drugs pusher CVS eliminating 99 jobs in Chestnut Ridge.  Beth Abrams Nursing Home suddenly shutdown, 580 jobs gone due to being taken over by a competitor! Drugs pusher Linden Care eliminating 28 jobs in Woodbury by mid-June.  Bankrupt Virginia based specialty anatomic pathology laboratory Bostwick Laboratories issued a shutdown WARN for its Uniondale ops, 128 jobs gone by May!  Public Health Solutions issued a shutdown WARN for its Early Intervention Service Coordination Program, at least 80 jobs gone by June.  In NYC, ComplexCare Solutions Medical Practice eliminating at least 113 jobs by the end of May, due to loss of contract!  California based Pfizer issued a shutdown WARN for its Rouses Point ops.

North Carolina: Arrow, a subsidiary of medical device maker Teleflex, eliminating 17 jobs in June, as part of a plan to move jobs to Mexico and Czech Republic.

Ohio:  Cleveland Clinic shutting down maternity unit in Medina Hospital in June. Local news media reported that it is the last maternity unit in Medina County!   Local news media reported that unnamed employees revealed that as many as 50 Affinity Medical Center workers were laid off without warning.  Affinity administrators confirmed they eliminated jobs due to ObamaCare reducing patient volume.  Nurses also warned that Affinity was reducing the amount of food provided to patients! 

Oklahoma: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Missouri based Ascension Health from eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs with Saint John Health System.

Oregon: PeaceHealth eliminating an additional 85 jobs.

Pennsylvania:  Highmark Health Solutions suddenly laid off 52 people in an effort to ‘find efficiencies’.  Express Scripts issued a WARN, 210 jobs in Trevos gone by the end of May!

Rhode Island: Care New England announced an undisclosed number of employees will soon become unemployed.

Texas: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) from laying off 459 people in The Lone Star State!  Another 161 vacant positions will not be filled.  BCFS Health and Human Services warned it could lay off  95 call center employees due to lack of funding.

Virginia: Specialty anatomic pathology laboratory Bostwick Laboratories bankrupt busted.

Wyoming: In Cheyenne, decades old Hoy’s Drugs shutdown by legal battles.

ObamaCare (ACA) death spiral February 2017: “OPERATIONAL CHANGES”

“We just didn’t want to do it anymore.”: U.S. Retail/Banking/Service Sector collapse, March 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns made or announced in March 2017:

Here’s more proof the internet excuse is bullshit: Bermuda based Signet Jewelers announced it will shutdown 170 stores across North America blaming a sales shift to the “digital ecosystem”!  But wait, if that’s so why did the jewelry retailer also announce that it plans to open as many as 115 new brick-n-mortar stores? In a round-a-bout way administrators admitted that it wasn’t the internet that was killing brick-n-mortar sales but the classic real estate mantra ‘location, location, location’.

International law firm Denton’s suddenly laid off 60 people in the United States.

Sears-Kmart Death Spiral, March 2017: “substantial doubt”

Alabama: In Selma, after 57 years Gray’s Furniture shutting down so the owner can take care of her parents and have more time with her grandchildren.  After nine years Renaissance Consignment and Marketplace shutting down by the end of April so the owner can focus on her other business.

Arkansas:  Abilities Unlimited shutting down three thrift store locations due to “low customer count and declining sales” over the past five years.

 California: Banc of California issued layoff WARNs, 139 jobs gone by May! City National Bank revealed it shutdown a San Diego office last month.  Gateway One Lending issued layoff WARNs, 58 jobs lost in May. Internet based clothier Byer California issued a layoff WARN, at least 99 jobs lost by May!  Clothing company BCBG Max Azria Group issued a mass layoff WARN for its Vernon HQ, 116 jobs lost in May!   Clothier bebe issued mass shutdown WARNs for 36 California locations, hundreds of jobs lost in May! T&B Sports shutting down its Santa Rosa store due to crashing sales since Autumn 2016.  In Manteca, after 34 years Tammy’s Baby Shoppe shutting down in April, the owners telling local news media they need a “vacation”.   Iconic 66 years old piece of commercial architectural art Brunswick Zone Covina Bowl shutdown, the property is being sold: “Covina Bowl has been in decline for years. They haven’t been making any money. The banquet rooms were shut down last summer.”– Frank Barraco Junior

Colorado: Niwot based shoe seller Crocs (yes, they sell on the internet) says sales are so bad they will shutdown 160 stores by the end of 2018.  Despite having a website Crocs lost $31.7-million USD in 2016!  In Longmont, after 45 years Bike-N-Hike shutdown, the owners saying “We just didn’t want to do it anymore.”  The owners tried to sell the popular bike shop but there were no takers. Washington based thrift store Savers suddenly shutdown its remaining three locations in The Centennial State saying operating costs are going up: “We are not immune to rising labor costs and other trends pressuring the retail industry….. As a thrift retailer, securing quality products at a manageable cost is critical to our success.”

Connecticut:  Too Big to Jail British empire based RBS continues eliminating jobs in Stamford.      Dollar Express issued shutdown WARNs for six locations, shutting down by the end of June due to the sudden takeover by Dollar General.  What construction industry recovery? In Danbury, after 29 years Deep’s Hardware shutdown after three failed attempts to sell it.  In Bloomfield, after 80 years Riley Lumber shutdown, the owner said “….it’s just been harder and harder each year to remain profitable being a small type of operation compared to the box stores.”

Florida:  Boca Raton based office supplier Office Depot (which has a website) said sales are expected to continue crashing so they will shutdown at least 75 more stores.  Iconic 50+ years old surf shop Juno Beach up for sale so the owner can retire.  Source One Direct shutting down its Jacksonville credit/debit card ops, 170 jobs lost by the end of the year!  Administrators said competition is getting so tough they have to consolidate their services.  Michigan based direct mail seller Valassis shutting down its Orlando ops, 71 jobs lost between May and June.  Too Big to Jail British empire based HSBC issued a mass layoff WARN for its Brandon operations, 357 jobs lost in June!  California based clothier bebe issued shutdown WARNs for 13 locations, about 1-hundred jobs lost between now and the end of May!

Georgia: After 68 years Nearly New shutdown.  Local news media said the thrift store was “popular”, but the operators claimed sales crashed due to increased competition with other second hand stores!

Hawaii: Washington based thrift store Savers suddenly shutdown in Kahului.  Administrators said sales had not declined but that operating costs are going up: “We are not immune to rising labor costs and other trends pressuring the retail industry….. As a thrift retailer, securing quality products at a manageable cost is critical to our success.”

Idaho: Burley based King’s Variety shutdown its 14 years old, and recently remodeled, store in Orofino. Last month King’s announced the shutdown of 19 stores, but local news media now say all remaining 21 stores will shutdown.   Dollar Express issued a shutdown WARN for its Emmett store, due to the sudden takeover by Dollar General.  In Pocatello, after six years Element Outfitters shutting down soon, the owners are focusing on their other retail operations saying “We’re just consolidating and becoming a lot more efficient”.  They told local news media that while their brick-n-mortar-store sales have flat-lined their internet sales are “growing strongly.”    In Idaho Falls, after 20 years Park Avenue Antique Mall shutdown, the owners were forced to retire after an ice-jam caused water damage to the building, and they don’t have enough money to fix it and maintain their retail business.   However, since they own the building they hope to find a sucker, I mean people who’ll want to rent it.  In the same area, The Collective Cache shutdown, the building is being renovated for a retail business that’s moving from The Grand Teton Mall to the former Collective Cache location.  U.S. Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo, of Idaho, (along with David Perdue of Georgia) reintroduced a bill that would make labor strikes at U.S. ports illegal, for the benefit of foreign companies: “By qualifying the ‘slowdown’ tactic as an unfair labor practice, this bill will ensure businesses can continue to import and export their goods…..:”

Illinois: Clothier Children’s Place shutting down its Hickory Point Mall store in April.  After ten seasons Tympanic Theater shutting down.  Bath & Body Works shutdown its Sandburg Mall store. Local news media also revealed that since January retailers Holmes Shoes, Universal Sporting Goods, clothier Christopher and Banks and jeweler Zales also shutdown their Sandburg Mall locations!  Thrift store operator Savers issued shutdown WARNs for five locations, about 260 jobs lost by May!  Too Big to Jail British empire based HSBC issued a mass layoff WARN for its Elmherst operations, 150 jobs lost in June!  After 25 years, flower seller Olivia’s Garden shutdown.

Indiana:  Indianapolis based and bankrupt electronics retailer hhgregg says sales are so bad they must shutdown at least 88 stores. Indianapolis based athletic shoe retailer Finish Line conducting a second round of store shutdowns in the past two years, this time 20 stores going down because “The fourth quarter was more challenging than we expected…”  In Evansville, after 44 years Harp’s pet store shutdown, the owners realized they can make more money renting out the property. Fort Wayne based maker of women’s clothing accessories Vera Bradley is shutting down 15 of its retail stores due to crashing sales. Administrators said the Obama declared recovery “…is taking longer than we had originally planned, and the overall retail environment and accessories space are significantly more challenging than anticipated.”

Iowa: After more than 80 years Frederick Furniture shutting down when the inventory is gone.

Kentucky: In Lexington, after 58 years Eastland Lanes Bowling Alley shutting down by June due to years of losses.

Louisiana: West Baton Rouge Credit now chapter 11 bankrupt busted saying it owes $6-million USD to other creditors.

Maryland: In Elkton, after more than 70 years Colonial Jewelers shutting down by Summer.

Massachusetts:  More proof of age discrimination as Boston based Fidelity Investments attempts to bribe 3-thousand employees, aged 55 or older, to voluntarily quit!  Mormon Mitt Romney co-founded Framingham based Staples shutting down at least 70 more stores and selling off its European operations, due to poor sales.

Minnesota: Dying Radio Shack shutting down a 45 years old store in Ann Arbor.  In Saint Paul, after 50 years John’s Antiques and Anderson’s Lamps shutting down by May.

Mississippi: In Gulfport, Pinkston Music shutdown, the owner saying “27 years opening to close, six days a week, I’m done!”

Missouri: North of Springfield, Carpet Barn shutting down its 44 years old location in May.

Nebraska: Omaha based apparel and home décor chain store Gordmans now bankrupt busted.  A Texas based company (Stage Stores) took over and will shutdown at least 48 Gordmans stores across the U.S.  Fast Cash shutting down its 20 years old Beatrice location, the owner blamed government saying “Currently, they have on paper 3-hundred pages of new regulations to be imposed in the near future and 90 percent of them would just wipe out the mom and pop shops……it just economically didn’t make sense for my family to stay invested in it.”

New York: In Brooklyn-NYC, “popular” thrift store Housing Works shutting down its Montague Street location due to the greedy landlord.  Hotel service company The Dumont NYC shutting down, 79 jobs lost by mid-June.  In NYC, A.I. Friedman shutdown its 80 years old art supply store.  Local news media report its the fourth independent art supply store in NYC to shutdown in the past two years.  Local news media doesn’t blame the internet, it blames competition from Illinois based chain-store operator called Blick Art Materials.  Record Theater shutting down its University Heights location, leaving only one location left.  Administrators told local news media that at one time there were 25 Record Theater locations.  Shoe seller Reebok shutting down its Queensbury Outlet store by the end of April.  Local news media pointed out that Reebok jacked-up the prices right before the going-out-of-business sale!    Exclusive Group Travel issued a shutdown WARN for its Bethpage ops, 116 jobs lost by July! In NYC, Eton Park Capital Management shutting down, 53 jobs gone by July.  CLSA Americas revealed it shutdown its NYC office, at least 67 jobs lost at the end of February.  Savers shutting down its thrift store in Henrietta, 58 jobs gone by June. Texas based JCPenney issued shutdown WARNs for locations in Massapequa and West Nyack, 183 jobs lost in June!  What housing market recovery?  PHH Mortgage issued a shutdown WARN for its Williamsville ops, at least 69 jobs lost at the end of June in what is most likely a first round of layoffs.

North Carolina: In Chapel Hill, after 40 years ‘educational’ toy seller Children’s Store shutdown, the owner saying “a lot of changes would’ve needed to happen” in order for her to keep it open.  In Greensboro, after 44 years Mary’s Antiques shutting down in May.  After 20 years Main Oak Emporium now up for sale: “Somebody else can have this fun…..” “Main Oak Emporium has been downtown Mount Airy’s leading retail store for almost 20 years. However, all good things must come to an end.”-Burke Robertson, ownwer

North Dakota:  Fargo based clothing retailer Vanity is now bankrupt and dead, all 137 stores across 27 states shutting down between the end of March and May!

Ohio: After 93 years B&B Appliance shutdown both locations saying “The bottom line is that we are no longer profitable.”   New Albany based Abercrombie & Fitch continues its slow burn death spiral, this time announcing the shutdown of an additional 60 stores. Administrators say they will follow the example of Sears/Kmart and allow leases to expire.  In Hillard, Movie Tavern shutting down by April.

Pennsylvania: Internet based clothing and electronics retailer Haband issued a layoff WARN, 59 jobs lost in May.   York based retailer The Bon Ton shutting down an additional six stores.  American Signature Furniture shutdown its Whitehall location because the property owner ended the lease early.

South Carolina:  In Charleston, Dixie Furniture shutdown its 71 years old original location on King Street saying “The business climate changed…” Baby Furniture Plus Kids shutdown its Greenville location.

Tennessee: Law firm T. Robert Hill bankrupt busted and its offices for sale.  Bed, Bath & Beyond shutdown its store in Antioch. 

Texas: The new owner of Radio Shack, General Wireless, took it bankrupt (again) and will shutdown 552 more stores!  Plano based iconic U.S. retailer JCPenney shutting down 138 stores and eliminating as many as 6-thousand jobs!  ‘Outdoors’ retailer Gander Mountain shutting down three Houston area stores, as part of bankruptcy plans to shutdown 32 locations.  Too Big to Jail Capital One Financial shutting down seven San Antonio area locations by June.  The Dallas-Fort Worth airport Marriott hotel eliminating 240 jobs by June, due to change in management!

Virginia: Richmond based international advertising company Martin Agency conducted a second round of layoffs, this time 21 people lost their jobs.  The first round of layoffs were blamed on Walmart, which then forced the company to restructure hence the second round of layoffs.  In Virginia Beach, after 13 years RVA Fine Rugs shutting down brick-n-mortar operations and shifting to internet only,  blaming it on two years of crashing sales and a greedy landlord who put the property up for sale.  In Warrenton, after 30 years British empire themed gift shop Piccadilly Limited shutdown due to the death of the owner.

Washington: In Union Gap, thrift store Value Village shutdown without explanation.  Seattle based retailer Nordstrum suddenly laid off 106 phone and internet based ‘customer care’ employees across the U.S. claiming there “…has been a decrease in the number of customers who reach out to Customer Care…”!   After 26 years the New Phoenix Casino shutdown due to crashing sales and “Our labor pool is diminishing. We have employees leaving us…..”  Local news reports say at one time the casino employed 3-hundred people.

West Virginia:  After more than 1-hundred years fur coat seller House of Luxe shutdown, the current owner is changing careers.

Retail/Banking/Service sector February 2017: “THE ECONOMY WENT INTO THE DUMPSTER”

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.”

What does it take to maintain a flying military firetruck?

23 April 2017 / 23:49 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

Susan Kett of U.S. Forest Service, David Lafon of North Carolina Forest Service and Robert Wheatley from CAL FIRE, on the flightline at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Technical Sergeant Miguel Corona, 146th Maintenance Squadron California National Guard, inspects the flight deck of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Tech. Sgt. Kye Dudley, 146th Maintenance Squadron California National Guard, inspects main wheel wells of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho.

Senior Airman Santos Casaus operates ground generator that will provide electrical power to a sleeping C-130J, Gowen Field, Idaho.

Staff Sgt. Joseph Perez inspects the prop of a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho. If oil is leaking from the prop hub the whole propeller assembly must be replaced.

Even transports use HUDs (Heads Up Display). Airman 1st Class Alexis Carranza inspects the HUD inside a C-130J at Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017.

Tech. Sgt. Miguel Corona inspects an oxygen mask inside of a C-130J.

Fire in the Hole! USAF Staff Sgt. Kelsey Herzfeld, assigned to the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, preps to connect the MAFFS nozzle to one of two Wyoming Air National Guard MAFFS C-130H. The work was done before leaving for Idaho. The Wyoming Air Militia has been flying MAFFS missions since 1975.

Nevada “High Rollers” C-130H follows a USFS spotter plane over western Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

A MAFFS unit being installed in a C-130H. Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System can dump 3-thousand gallons of water in five seconds!

Video: MAFFS BOMBS IDAHO!

MAFFS bombs Idaho!

23 April 2017 / 18:41 UTC-07 Tango 06  (03 Ordibehest 1396/26 Rajab 1438/28 Jia Chen 4715)

Staff Sgt. Benny Romero, 146th Airlift Wing, California Air Militia, inspects the C-130J’s main landing gear on Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017.

MAFFS 9 (C-130H) of 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air Militia, east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

Video of MAFFS practice water drops in western Idaho, 22 APR 2017:

MAFFS 2 and MAFFS 5, from Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado, on Gowen Field, Idaho, for USFS training.

MAFFS 3 (C-130H) of 153rd Airlift Wing, Wyoming Air Militia, somewhere east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

MAFFS 8 (C-130H) of 152nd Airlift Wing “High Rollers”, east of Boise, Idaho, 21 APR 2017.

IDAHO CONDUCTS MASSIVE MAFFS TRAINING, IN PREPS FOR HOT WILDFIRE SEASON!

HOLY VIRTUAL ‘COPTER! IOWA MILITIA 1ST TO USE BAT-cave!

 

Idaho conducts massive MAFFS training, in preps for hot wildfire season!

20 April 2017 / 18:27 UTC-07 Tango 06  (01 Ordibehest 1396/24 Rajab 1438/25 Jia Chen 4715)

“We look forward to this joint training with our military and civilian partners. Training together with all four MAFFS wings alongside U.S. Forest Service and other wildland firefighting agencies here in Boise provides a significant opportunity as we prepare for another challenging wildfire season.”-Colonel Bryan Allen, Air Expedition Group

California National Guard C-130J flies by a Nevada National Guard C-130H during Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training at Gowen Field, Idaho

MAFFS=Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System

More than 4-hundred state National Guard and federal Reserve personnel from California, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming arrived in Gowen Field, Idaho, for a week of U.S. Forest Service training: “MAFFS have played a critical role in wildfire suppression for more than 40 years by providing surge capacity when commercial airtankers are fully committed or not readily available as they frequently are during periods of high wildfire activity.”-Kim Christensen, USFS

C-130 aircraft from three National Guard units and a U.S. Air Force Reserve unit arrive at Gowen Field, Idaho, 20 APR 2017

“Dude!”, 2013 Wyoming militia MAFFS drop:

2013 Wyoming MAFFS load up:

2013 California militia MAFFS drop:

MAFFS : WILDFIRE SEASON 2018 GOING TO BE A HOT ONE!

“the economy went into the dumpster” “Technology has taken over”: U.S. Retail/Banking/Service sector collapse, February 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns made or announced in February 2017:

Alabama: Birmingham based Regions Bank shutting down 27 offices across the U.S. “based on traffic, volume, proximity of other branches, profitability, and other factors.”  After 40 years Jewels by Rose shutdown, the retiring owner revealed how her mother, the founder of the store, learned about jewelry: “She started learning about jewelry from her World Book Encyclopedia at home.”-Donna Jowers, current owner

Arkansas:  After 25 years Cheap Thrills thrift store shutdown with no explanation.

 California: Vernon based clothing retailer BCBG Max Azria Group finally revealed it must shutdown 120 brick-n-mortar stores across the United States. Having a website can’t stop clothier Nasty Gal from suddenly shutting down brick-n-mortar stores in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, 98 people laid off without warning.  Brisbane based bebe (aka Bebe Stores) shutting down 25 stores due to a sudden and unexpected crash in clothing sales (yes, they have a website).  Hat seller Valley CAPS shutting down its Stockton location, 34 jobs gone by mid-April. Clothier VF Outdoor shutting down its ops in Alameda, 52 jobs lost by mid-April. Parking lot and transportation service company SP Plus suddenly shutdown their Glendale operations, 84 jobs lost. LPL Financial issued a layoff WARN for its San Diego location, 133 jobs lost by mid-April!  In Pomona, after 83 years Coates Cyclery shutdown, the owner blamed his own suppliers for competing with him on the internet, and said bicycle service work doesn’t pay enough to keep them in business!

Connecticut: In Stamford, British empire based Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) issued yet another layoff WARN, ten jobs lost in April.  Retailer Benny’s suddenly shutdown one of its five locations in the state, local news media say the local retailer has been in business since 1924.  Consignment store Cedar Chest shutting down its Branford location in March, due to not being able to renew the lease.

Florida:   In Tampa, Powerhouse Gym shutdown its Channelside location, blaming rent increase and lawsuits. Law firm Binder&Binder shutdown its Tampa office, 75 jobs lost.  In Bradenton, after 67 years Pierro’s Jewelers shutting down as soon as the inventory is gone.

Georgia: Cartersville Jewelry Exchange shutdown three locations.  The owner is going back to running just one store saying “There’s more to life than money…”   In Columbus, after 74 years iconic five stories tall Raymond Rowe Furniture shutting down as soon as the inventory is gone.  Video Warehouse shutdown its Valdosta store.

Idaho: Burley based King’s Variety continues its slow death spiral, announcing it will continue shutting down stores.  King’s is down to just 19 stores across six states: “The retail climate has radically changed in the past decade….Brick and mortar stores need feet and faces to survive as we have salaries, rents and other costs to cover. Unfortunately for us that is not the current landscape.”

Illinois:  In Chicago, United Airlines WARNed it will layoff 3-hundred people starting in April, as part of its restructuring plan!  In Chicago, California based clothier GAP shutdown its store on North State Street.  State Farm insurance issued a layoff WARN for Bloomington, 78 jobs gone by the end of April.

Indiana: In Evansville, Combs Landscape and Nursery shutting down so the owner can focus on other projects.  In Indianapolis, after three years VeloWorks Urban Cyclery shutdown.

Kansas: Topeka based shoe seller Payless warned that it is in negotiations with creditors that could result in as many as 1-thousand store shutdowns!

Kentucky: Having a website can’t stop clothier Nasty Gal from shutting down its distribution center in Sheperdsville, 70 jobs lost in April.

Louisiana: After 70 years the Alexandria Golf & Country Club shutdown due to lack of dues paying members.

Maine: Dying Radio Shack shutdown a store in Bucksport.

Maryland: After 62 years La Plata TV & Appliance shutdown.  After 36 years Carpenter’s World of Music shutting down by April: “Ever since the economy went into the dumpster and the competition of the internet, it just hasn’t been fun.”-Ken Carpenter

Michigan: In Kalkaska, after 39 years Cornell’s Crossing Hallmark shutting down by the end of March.  The country’s largest retail christian chain store is now dead.  After 85 years Family Christian Stores shutting down all 240 stores, 3-thousand jobs lost by the end of April! Instead of blaming god, Family Christian Stores admin blamed their fellow christians for crashing sales!  In Kalamazoo, after 45 years Alfred E. Bike shutting down as soon as the inventory is auctioned off.  The auction is being held on the internet.  In Bay City, after 117 years (surviving The Great Depression) Utermalen’s Furniture shutdown, the owners say sales never recovered from the crash of 2008.

Minnesota: 56 years old Saint Paul based ‘outdoors’ store Gander Mountain began shutting down and liquidating stores across the U.S.  Local news media said company administrators are refusing to explain, or say how many stores will shutdown.

Missouri: What automotive industry recovery? In Frederickstown, Barrett Jensen shutdown after 20 years of vehicle sales, the property has been used to sell cars all the way back to The Great Depression. In Kansas City, after 51 years Swirk Jewelry shutdown, the owner lamented “There used to be a lot of family owned stores here. There used to be a drug store, grocery store here. Today there is very little of that still here. A lot of the restaurants are chain stores…..it’s just different.”  Grandview based U.S. Toys shutting down five of its remaining six brick-n-mortar stores in April, to focus on the internet: “Our retail stores have been impacted by the economy, and people shifted to online shopping…..It’s gotten to the point where from a profitability standpoint, it didn’t make sense to keep our [brick-n-mortar] stores anymore.”-Seth Freiden, CEO

Nebraska: In Columbus, J’s Hallmark gift store shutdown for “multiple reasons”.

New Jersey: In Mount Laurel, PHH Mortgage eliminating 33 jobs in March.  Wayne based Toys’R’Us suddenly eliminated 250 corporate jobs, blaming crashing sales!  In Brick, after 27 years Bob’s Video Time shutdown, the owners admitted they should’ve shutdown two years ago.

New York: In Vestal, after 46 seasons ski store Cliff House shutting down when the current ski season ends, the owner wants more time with his ill son.  In Gloversville, True Value Hardware shutting down, local news media says no details were released.  In Elmira, after eight years Hills,Valleys & Streams shutdown “due to lack of slaes” in the past two years.  The owners swore over and over to local news media that sales “were great” until two years ago.   In Potsdam, Misty Hollow arts & crafts shutting down by the end of April: “Times were different 25 years ago. That’s the bottom line.”-Karen G. Sidletsky, owner

North Carolina: Mooresville based home improvement retailer Lowes laid off 430 HQ employees and another 95 corporate ‘support’ employees elsewhere! This is on top of last month’s announced plan to kill 2-thousand 4-hundred full time jobs at stores and distribution centers across the United States!  In Winston-Salem, The Other Half gallery shutting down in March.  The Sanctuary of Davidson artisan gift store shutting down in March, not sure if you can blame the internet because loyal customers were notified by email.

Ohio: Maumee based agribusiness and farm retailer Andersons shutting down all four stores, laying off 920 people by the end of April!  It’s blamed on millions of U.S. dollars in losses over the past eight years.  In Geneva, after ten years pet store The Green Leash shutting down in March.  Your Home by Goldsteins Furniture shutting down a store in Boardman, the building is being sold.  In Madeiro, after ten years La Silhouette Lingerie shutdown.

Oregon: Happy Knits shutdown its brick-n-mortar store in Portland (Happy Knits has a website).  Clothier Lucy Activewear now dead after after being absorbed by troubled competitor The North Face. It’s unknown how many Lucy Activwear stores will be shutdown: “Just in the last eight years, the growth in competition has really been intense from a lot of brands….Our intention is to have them closed by the end of 2017 or very early 2018.”-Dawn Dzedy, Lucy Activewear

Pennsylvania: In Waynesboror, after 39 years Schier’s Furniture liquidating and shutting down, the owner says he can no longer compete.  After 27 years Polo Ralph Lauren shutdown its store in Philadelphia.  In Carlisle, after 43 years Midway Skating Center sold-off and shutting down due to “the high costs associated with maintaining such a large facility and the increasing pressure on young people’s time”.

South Carolina:  In Charleston, after six years upscale women’s clothier Rapport shutdown saying “We don’t have enough business to make it practical to continue to operate.”

Tennessee: In Chattanooga, after more than 25 years River City Bicycles shutdown blaming “the purchasing habits of today’s consumers”.

Texas: Despite a slight uptick in profits at the end of Gregorian year 2016, Plano based U.S. retail icon JCPenney says as many as 140 stores could be shutdown by May, and on top of those employees losing their jobs due to the shutdowns, apparently an additional 6-thousand employees will be offered voluntary buyouts (bribes to quit)!  In Plano, Forex Capital Markets eliminating 56 jobs in April, blaming federal regulators.  In Grapevine, Fidelity Investments laid off 98 people.    Seaway Bank & Trust failed, assets turned over to the State Bank of Texas.  In El Paso, after 13 years bowling alley Fiesta Lanes shutdown due to financial problems.  After years CC’s Discounts shutting down its store in Abilene. You shouldn’t blame the internet because after all they posted the following on social media: “The industry has become a market of great competition and increasing difficulties in meeting my obligations to employees and customers.”

Vermont: Decades old Brownsville General Store suddenly shutdown, a real estate agent revealed that store was out up for sale the month prior.

Virginia: In Blacksburg, after 14 years Mad Dog Boutique shutdown despite pleas from potential customers to stay open, the owner saying she can no longer compete.  God powerless to stop ‘his’  British empire based Salvation Army from shutting down its Waynseboro thrift store, due to lack of sales.  The Bristol Mall GameStop shutdown.  Clothier Misty Mountain Designs also shutdown its Bristol Mall location, the owner blames Sears: “The decision to close the mall location was made when Sears announced they were closing……I contacted management to find out if they had anything coming behind Sears …..it feels as though they’re considering the mall for another type of use.”-Sue Smith

Washington: Too Big to Jail Bank of America shutting down its Bremerton office in November.

Wisconsin: In Madison, after “90 wonderful years” Mallatt’s Pharmacy & Costumes shutdown.  Local news media reported that the pharmacy portion of the store actually ceased ops back in October.  The owner said he’s focusing on his Homecare Pharmacy operations.  In Milwaukee, Zita’s Bridal Salon shutting down by April, after 90 years of being one of the “most exclusive” women’s clothing stores in Wisconsin.  Jeri’s Hallmark in Valley View Mall shutdown.  In Wauwatosa, after almost 80 years The Map Store shutdown: “Technology has taken over……So much of our customers don’t need us anymore, they have a cell phone. Technology is devastating. It was a blessing for creating maps, but not for selling them.”-Jan Swain, owner

Retail/Banking/Service sector January 2017: “I DON’T SLEEP AT NIGHT, IT’S KILLING ME”

SEARS KMART DEATH SPIRAL UPDATE, MARCH 2017

Dumbing Down the U.S., February 2017: OBAMA KILLS 200 COLLEGES!

U.S. Tech communications breakdown, February 2017: “REDUCE STAFF…BY 30%.”

U.S. Mining/Industry/Logistics layoffs, February 2017: “INVOLUNTARY SEPARATION PROGRAM”

OBAMA LEGACY: U.S. APPAREL INDUSTRY DEATH-SPIRAL

OBAMA LEGACY: “…A SEVERE RECESSION…”

OBAMA LEGACY: TRADE DEFICIT AT RECORD LEVEL?

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.”