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Do You Know Someone Who Has Lost a Job This Year?

The names of all the companies that have announced staffing cuts this year are beginning to run together. Most recently, Starbucks announced their plan to cut almost 1,000 non-store jobs in addition to the 12,000 or so layoffs that will come as a result of the 616 store closures.

All of this grim employment news has me wondering, do you know anyone who has lost a job this year?

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carlabunnie carlabunnie 8 years
I dont know anyone who has. But I know people who are scared that its gonna happen to them real soon.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
yes--ME!
Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
Everyone I knew was fine until yesterday - Cadwalader's mass lawyer lay off yesterday morning caught a few of my friends. Coming in to work to find an envelope on your chair is pretty scary!
codewhiz codewhiz 8 years
300 of us or so at work including myself only have another month left until we get tossed out into the street! :(
MrsJigglesworth MrsJigglesworth 8 years
Yes, my husband's company closed and the name was bought. He worked there for over 6 years. My BIL worked there, too.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 8 years
sure do - me. 2 weeks ago. Finding a new job is not as easy as it used to be either!
kayla74 kayla74 8 years
layoffs like the ones at bennigan's happen often when they don't tell their employees. they usually don't tell them because they think the employees will either not show up for the last couple of days or they think they'll steal whatever is left in the building. can't say i blame the soon to be ex-employees. i know there were some bennigan's managers who were told the day before and told not to tell their employees. a few of them did because of their loyalty to the employees. what's it going to hurt the manager? they're about to be out of a job too.
Liss1 Liss1 8 years
My soon to be BIL lost his job a couple of weeks ago. My sister lost a job last summer. She was a waitress and they told them one night that they didn't need to come in the next day because they were going bankrupt and they had to close. They said they didn't tell them earlier because they knew no one would show up.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
It was either early this year or late last year that my mom got laid off -- after nearly 20 years at her job!! She's been trying to get back out there, but is undoubtedly facing some age discrimination. That, combined with her behind-the-times technical skills, means that if/when she ever does find something, she'll likely be taking a huge pay cut, which definitely puts my parents in financial trouble because they're still paying off the house they bought a few years ago :(
rannew rannew 8 years
My mother, my brother, myself, and a family friend all lost jobs this year. The bright side is all are employed again.
karisaamy karisaamy 8 years
Thankfully up here in Northwestern Washington there haven't been too many lost jobs. We have a lot of $ coming in right now actaully in order to get ready for the 2010 Vancouver, BC Olympics.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
freegracefrom ---the worse part was they had actually employees there. It was heartbreaking. These employees don't even know if they will be getting their last checks. There has been no communication to them. The last company I was with laid off more than 300 people due to "restructing" they just pilled the work on the remaining employees without extra pay. It's becoming harder to find a job, even if your qualified, companies are scared to hire b/c people may ask for a higher salary. I hope people are starting more to pay off their debt and save, save, save. B/c 6 months of unemployment does not cut it and the extra 6 months grace they give you will only keep you afloat for so long.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
*"....for good."
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
bellaressa - That seems to happen a lot with restaurants! There's been a few chains that have closed down recently and when I walked by them, there would just be a note on there basically saying, "Sorry, we've closed our doors for goods. Employees, you'll be receiving your last check in the mail." You can't at least tell your employees that face-to-face?? It's hard enough to make it in that industry as is, don't they deserve more than that? --- My company has already had some layoffs too. And I know a few others mostly in construction-related businesses this year, although that particular trend really started getting out of hand earlier last year. It's scary.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I've lost count. Just lost 3 last week, and the year's only half over.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
I know several people who will lose jobs due to store closures this year. Not so off-topic, if the folks in LA put a ban on fast food, what will they do for the employees who will lose their jobs when the fast food places close?? In an area that is struggling economically already, this ban may not be the best choice after all. Instead of eating fast food, people might be starving. Not a good thing, either way.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Wow, Savvy you read my mind today. As I was watching the news this morning, the resturant chain Bennigans filed bankrupcy and never informed their employees. Of course they showed up for work to be told they no longer have a job. That is over a thousand people. They weren't even prepared, no memo, no talk, no meeting, nothing. I know so many who have been laid off, fired, downsized - whatever you want to call it this year.
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