Incomplete list of publicly announced layoffs & shutdowns:
“The management of employment is a great human and social responsibility, that cannot be left in the hands of the few…To cause job losses means to cause serious social damage…”-Pope Francis, hypocritically criticizing layoffs despite the fact the Catholic Church is shutting down church and charity operations all over the United States
“Our real unemployment rate…..because you have ninety million people that aren’t working. Ninety-three million to be exact. If you start adding it up, our real unemployment rate is 42%.”-Donald Trump, interview with Time
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Illinois, Missouri and Rhode Island are all tied for 15th worst unemployment rate in the U.S., for July.
Alaska: In Anchorage a second Alaska Club handball-racquetball center will shutdown this year. The property is for sale. It’s blamed on crashing memberships: “There has certainly been a seismic shift in the number of people playing racquetball and handball.”-Robert Brewster, president
Arkansas: The sale of the vacant Majestic Hotel has been suspended indefinitely. Apparently the Missouri based ‘corporate’ buyer is facing legal problems with his own creditors. If the sale had gone through it would have been a big loss for the people of Hot Springs as their own Board of Directors had agreed to sell the $2-million USD property for only $680-thousand!
Connecticut: Laser maker Lumentum shutting down their Bloomfield factory. No details about when or how many jobs will be lost. As with most U.S. corporations they are consolidating manufacturing in anticipation of a worsening economy: “…in order to meet our customers’ future cost expectations...”
Illinois: At least three camps leased by the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois being shutdown due to crashing membership and increasing maintenance costs. The camps in Salem, Makanda and Worden will shutdown by the middle of 2017: “We just have too many camps for the size of our council.”-Villie Apoo, Girl Scouts ceo
Kansas: In Topeka, Aussie themed Florida based Outback Steakhouse shutdown with little notice, 60 jobs lost. The manager hinted that profits have crashed, but refused to give a specific ‘official’ reason to local news media.
Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Institute of Technology says cell phones can be used to more accurately count the number of unemployed people. Researchers noted that in European cities where big layoffs took place there was a 51% drop in cell phone usage. Even the number of cell towers needed to handle the calls dropped by 20%.
Michigan: In Grand Haven, after 36 years RK Jewelers shutting down in September. In Niles, God refuses to help ‘his’ British empire founded Salvation Army Food Pantry stay open. The local Salvation Army Major blames a decrease in donations and a steady increase in poor people: “We have been seeing for the last three or four years a lot of new folks that we’ve never seen before.”-Major William Walters
Minnesota: ObamaCare forcing North Memorial Medical Center to shutdown its Home Care operations, at least 1-hundred jobs lost! 4-hundred patients affected!
New Jersey: The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development says 13-thousand 6-hundred people lost their jobs in July!
New York: In Greenport, after 15 years Cuvee Bistro and Bar shutting down in September. Family health problems are blamed.
North Carolina: A-hole ‘lawmakers’ are trying to pass a new bill that would make it harder for unemployed people to qualify for unemployment assistance (stop calling it a ‘benefit’!)!
Ohio: God refuses to stop the shutdown of ‘his’ Good Shepherd Parish in East Toledo, and ‘his’ Advent Lutheran Church in Sylvania. It’s blamed on decreasing members (The Rapture? or maybe people have woken up to The Lie) and increasing costs of operations. The Lodge restaurant in Lancaster shutdown. The property owner, who bought the Lodge from the Elks Club in 2010 and then shelled out more money for major renovations, revealed he’s been trying to sell the building for some time, but for various reasons the deals fall through. The United Way, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs lamented the loss of their favorite meeting place.
Oregon: In Saint John’s Bar, The Central Hotel restaurant and bar shutting down by the end of the month, 11 jobs lost. The property owner is selling it to a property developer. The restaurant operator also admitted they never had any intention of running a restaurant anyway: “…we ended up taking over the restaurant, which is never something that we planned on doing. We just kind of said, ‘Why are we killing ourselves to do this financially?’….it has been a huge financial strain.”-Risa Davis, co-owner
Tennessee: In Nashville, reports say the Granny White Market (aka Purple Cow) is being forced to shutdown by the greedy property owner who suddenly told the store owner he had six weeks to vacate: “After 19 years he tells me we need to close the doors. It just makes you sick.”-Dan Smith, Purple Cow owner
Washington: The evil city administrators of Bellingham forced local taxpayers to buy homeless shelter Aloha Motel for $1.5-million, and now they’ll shut it down for demolition in September! A homeless man who’s lived their since 2014 asked “We’re told we have ’til August 31 to get out, but where else am I supposed to go?” Linds Pharmacy in Coupeville shutting down next week. The owner says he put Linds Pharmacy up for sale more than a year ago and Rite Aid was the only interested buyer. The pissed owner blames his forced sale on ObamaCare insurance companies: “Our main financial challenge has been the pharmacy insurance companies and their continual lowering of fees and insistence on patients using their mail-order houses. Lowered prescription volumes, coupled with lowered fees, equals financial problems.”-flyer distributed to loyal customers
West Virginia: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says The Mountain State has the worst ‘official’ unemployment rate (7.5%) in the United States, for July.
Wisconsin: After 64 years God refuses to stop the shutdown and sell-off of ‘his’ Redeemer Lutheran Church in Caledonia. Church leaders would rather blame it on people being sinful, but maybe it’s something called The Rapture: “Churches across the board are having this kind of problem….It’s hard to have them when you don’t have a lot of people.”-Doris Kidd, church secretary
21 August 2015: Federal Reserve confirms no recovery!
WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification
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.”