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California school layoffs

The Los Angeles, CA school district recently said that up to 7,300 employees could be laid off in the next school year. A few days ago, the school board voted to send notices to more than 5,000 teacher, nurses and school counselors. 2,200 school administrators also received notice that their jobs could be cut June 30 if no more funds come up.

The LA school district is facing a $408 million budget deficit. Other cost-saving measures are being considered, such as less covering of employees' health care costs and furloughs.

Mass Layoffs Updates for August 24, 2009

In July, 82,085 workers were laid off in California alone. This was the nation’s highest layoff statistic, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. Intuit, a personal finance software maker, contributed to this July statistic by scheduling layoffs at a number of the firm’s Southern California locations.

As part of a company-wide reduction first announced in June, the company is currently set to be laying off 4% of its staff, mainly targeting locations in Calabasas, Woodland Hills, San Diego and Westlake Village.

Mass Layoffs Updates for June 22, 2009

On May 15, mayor of San Francisco, Gavin Newsom, announced layoffs of hundreds of members of the Service Employees International Union. The layoffs are a response to the rejection of contract concessions demanded by the city and supported by SEIU officials in a proposal to cut the city’s costs. San Fran’s deficit is reported to be $438 billion. Members of SEIU Local 1021 cover more than 11,000 city workers, including janitors, security guards, and health care workers.

The Portland Bureau of Development Services has announced that it will lay off 90 of 300 workers this year. As it stands, the Bureau is operating on a $900,000-per-month budget in the currently tight credit market. It relies on fees paid by developers and homeowners. Workers of the Bureau do such things as process building and land-use permits and inspect plumbing, electrical and other construction work.

Mass Layoffs Updates for April 6, 2009

The Brea Olinda Unified School District in Brea, California will eliminate 36 teachers. Six will be laid off, two will receive probationary release, and another 18 who are on temporary contracts will be cut. The Orange County Register reported that the school board has approved the job cuts, which include four elementary school teachers, a language arts instructor and a Spanish teacher.

The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District in Orange, Calif. will lay off 91 district staff members and trim $14.1 million from its budget. The Orange County Register reported that 30 permanent staff members will be included in the layoff.

OptiSolar Inc. of Sacramento, Calif. will be laying off most of its remaining employees. The company, which manufactures thin-film photovoltaic panels, will suspend its manufacturing and assembly businesses due to lack of funding, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.

Mass Layoffs Updates for March 18, 2009

According to The Fresno Bee, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors has voted to close clinics in Tulare and Lindsay, Calif. and lay off approximately 200 Health and Human Services Agency employees.  The supervisors said they had no choice because the state has cut health services funds.  Legislators in California eliminated a minimum funding level for health services.  Primarily sales tax revenues and vehicle license fees provide this funding.

Mass Layoffs Updates for September 15, 2008

Rosario Resort & Spa on Orcas Island has announced that it will shut down operations by October 20 and lay off its entire staff of 195 people. The resort is owned by Olympus Real Estate Partners but will be sold at an auction on September 30. Approximately 100 seasonal workers and 95 full-time employees will lose their jobs due to the sale, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal. Depending on the buyer, some of the workers could have a chance to get their jobs back if the resort immediately reopens.

Mass Layoffs Updates for July 23, 2008

Sage Software in Irving, California has restructured its Sage Software Healthcare business and eliminated approximately 235 jobs, according to Computerwire. The company says that the restructuring was done to streamline processes and increase productivity in an effort to improve customer service and stay competitive in the market. Sage is attempting to reduce the effect of the poor economy on its revenues.

Mass Layoffs Updates for July 3, 2008

Intuit Inc. of Mountain View, California will lay off 575 workers in order to streamline its operations. The company says that it will reallocate money and people into businesses that will increase growth. The company produces Quick-Books and TurboTax software.

Mass Layoffs Updates for May 28, 2008

The Boeing Company, suffering from the loss of a $3.5 billion military satellite contract, has plans to lay off 750 engineers and technicians, according to the Los Angeles Times. Most of the layoffs will be in El Segundo Beach and Seal Beach, California. The contract to build a new breed of more accurate and powerful GPS satellites went to Boeing's rival, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Thomas Wiesel Partners LLC of San Francisco, California will lay off approximately 25 percent of its workforce this year due to the economic condition of the country. The company's revenue dropped 47 percent in the first quarter, according to the San Francisco Business Times. Approximately 160 employees will be laid off, leaving the company with approximately 600 employees.

Mass Layoffs Updates for May 21, 2008

Sun Microsystems Inc. in Santa Clara, California saw a profit loss in the most recent quarter after a five quarter streak of profits. The company says it is now struggling with the challenges of a poor economy and will lay off up to 2,500 workers, according to a report by the New York Times.

Mass Layoffs Updates for May 9, 2008

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. has announced that it will lay off 204 workers at its Portland, Oregon offices in June, according to an Associated Press report.

Mass Layoffs Updates for April 25, 2008

Washington Mutual Inc. of Seattle, Washington has announced that it will close its remaining free-standing home loan offices and lay off between 2,600 and 3,000 workers. The company is attempting to raise capital and the job cuts are part of an attempt to survive the decimation of the U.S. housing market and the disappearance of the mortgage-backed securities market.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California will lay off up to 535 of its core employees beginning as early as mid-May, according to a report by Inside Bay Area. Some scientists and engineers will be included in the mass layoff, which will be the first involuntary layoff of permanent employees for Livermore Lab in 35 years. However the company shed 500 temporary and support employees in January and in March, 215 permanent employees opted to take a buyout.

Mass Layoffs Updates for April 18, 2008

Google Inc. of Mountain View, California is selling its Performics' search-engine marketing business and laying off approximately 300 DoubleClick employees. In an effort to bolster its online ad offerings, Google acquired DoubleClick for $3.2 billion in March. Since Google does not want to be in the search engine marketing business, it will attempt to sell Performics' search engine marketing business and keep the affiliate marketing unit.

Mass Layoffs Updates for April 10, 2008

Aloha Airlines Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii has ceased operations after its final appeal to a federal judge failed. The airline had no cash and could not find a buyer. Approximately 1,900 workers were laid off when the airline closed down, according to The Honolulu Advertiser. The airline was forced to cancel approximately 400,000 reservations leaving passengers to find alternative flights on short notice. The closing came 11 days after the airline had filed for bankruptcy protection and just one day after the company announced that it would cease passenger service.

EBay Inc. of San Jose, California has laid off 125 employees according to a report by the San Jose Mercury News. The company said that the job cuts were necessary in order to free up money so that the company can make a number of consumer friendly improvements to its web site.

CNET Networks Inc. in San Francisco, California will lay off 120 workers in an effort to streamline the company. The online media company intends to lay off the workers yet at the same time generate more content for its popular news and entertainment sites. The CNet web sites have a huge worldwide audience, but its investors have been complaining for a long time that its profits have not kept up with the pace of the growth of Internet advertising, according to an Associated Press news report.

PDL BioPharma Inc. will lay off almost 600 people from its headquarters in Redwood City, California as it restructures the company to balance the cash-intensive demands of drug development with investor calls for greater returns on their investments. The San Francisco Business Times reports that PDL will sublease a significant part of its headquarters after the layoffs and plans to sell its top-grossing drugs and sell a royalty stream that outpaces its drug sales.

Group Health Cooperative of Seattle, Washington has announced that it will lay off 363 hospital workers as the nonprofit system shuts down its Eastside campus in Redmond, Washington. Half of the layoffs will be nurses and the rest are supervisors, lab assistants, pharmacists, pharmacist technicians, clerks, janitors and food servers. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that the facility will cease inpatient services on May 1, 2008.

The Vista Unified School District in California will lay off 133 employees. According to City News Service, most of the people who will lose their jobs currently hold teaching positions. The school board decided to notify 120 teachers, seven assistant principals, three psychologists, the director of special education and two speech therapists that their positions are being eliminated at the end of the school year. The district officials plan to trim $12 million from next year's budget.

Wells Fargo & Company will close two Greater Bay Bancorp back-office locations in California and lay off 201 administrative workers. The East Bay Business Times reports that 147 jobs will be eliminated in Santa Clara and 54 in Palo Alto. These were overlapping positions that the company discovered as it worked on plans to integrate Greater Bay into Wells Fargo & Company. Wells purchased Greater Bay in a $1.5 billion deal that closed last October.

In California, the Rialto Unified School District Board of Education has voted to cut 305 certified positions in the school district. Of the people who will be laid off, 200 are elementary school teachers. The Press Enterprise reported that the school board said that the job cuts are based on the state's recent calls for cuts in education funding. The school district is faced with an approximate $1 million budget cut this year and $8.5 million next year. In addition to the layoff of 305 employees, the school district has more than 100 substitute teachers who will also not be called to work at the school district anymore.

Yahoo Inc. in Sunnyvale, California has begun the layoff process that will cut almost 1,000 jobs. Yahoo started laying off its workers on the same day that it unveiled the $160 million acquisition of online video company Maven Networks Inc. and the day after it rejected Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6 billion merger offer. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the company hopes that the job cuts will give the company a financial boost.

The Contra Costa Times has reported that Unified Grocers Inc. will be laying off 61 workers at their warehouse in Hayward, California. Unified Grocers is a grocery cooperative that provides products to independent supermarkets such as P&W Supermarkets, Molly Stone's Markets, Andronico's Markets and Lunardi's Supermarket. The company has said that it will completely shut down its distribution operation in Hayward because the warehouse simply did not suit the company's needs.

Copley News Service is reporting that the Viejas Casino in Alpine, California has seen a decline in gamblers because of the housing crisis and increased food and gas costs, and is thus cutting jobs. The casino has already laid off some workers and more people will be losing their jobs. The tribal casino has not said how many people it has already laid off or how many more will become unemployed, but some estimates are that about 130 people will be let go from the tribal casino operation. The job cuts have been across the board with janitors, greeters and the head of purchasing already out of work.

The Seattle Times Co. will lay off 71 employees from their facility in Bothell, Washington on February 29th. The layoffs will include delivery truck drivers, dispatchers and managers. The company plans to transfer the delivery of their publications to Penske Logistics Inc.

Yahoo! Inc. in Sunnyvale, California will lay off hundreds of workers. The company is taking a beating by the overwhelming popularity of social networking websites such as and The company has recently phased out some of its services such as online auctions and photos and could now cut as many as 700 jobs. Yahoo! currently employs about 14,000 people.

Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon has announced that it plans to lay off at least 200 employees and raise tuition by at least 10 percent to free the money needed for higher insurance costs following an Oregon Supreme Court ruling against them. An Oregon Supreme Court ruling in December cleared the way for the family of a brain-damaged child to pursue malpractice damages from the university. The ruling effectively eliminated a liability cap of $200,000 designed to protect state agencies from major damage awards. OHSU is also expected to restructure or close clinical, research and education programs. The court case involved Jordaan Clarke, who suffered permanent brain damage when a breathing tube became dislodged in the recovery room following open heart surgery. The university admitted negligence that left the boy requiring round-the-clock care for life at an estimated cost of $12 million.

Because of the Hollywood writers strike, Warner Bros., the film and television studio owned by Time Warner Inc., will lay off as many as 1,000 workers. Approximately 1,000 employees have been notified that the studio may begin to cut jobs immediately.

Wescom Credit Union in Pasadena, California has laid off approximately 110 full-time employees in order to address its financial losses during 2007.

In Fresno, California, Fresno County Supervisors have tried to work out a budget crisis by laying off 200 employees. After the layoffs the county is left with 7,559 employees.

Natus Medical Inc. in San Carlos, California has started a reorganization plan that will cause some employees to be laid off. The medical device manufacturer has not disclosed how many positions will be eliminated during the restructuring. Natus acquired the Canadian diagnostic systems company Excel-Tech Ltd. at the end of November, 2007.

In Campbell, California, Alliance Title Co. has closed its doors and laid off all its employees. The company employed at least 30 people in Stanislaus County and hundreds more elsewhere in California. All of the employees were laid off with less than a day's notice and no explanation for the closing. During the peak of the real estate buying and mortgage refinancing boom in 2005, Alliance had more than 200 offices and about 2,500 employees in California. The company had once been one of the fastest-growing title companies in California. Alliance opened for business during 1996 for 10 years experienced quick and tremendous growth. Now the company, and its former employees, are casualties of the collapse of the housing market.

Levitz Furniture Corporation in Washington state will be liquidated. Its five stores and one warehouse in Washington will be closed, and 100 workers will be laid off. Levitz has furniture stores in Bellevue, Lynnwood, Silverdale, Tacoma and Tukwila, Washington. A regional distribution center is also located in Tukwila.

Eastern Oregon University has announced that is will cut 35 faculty, staff and administrative positions because it is struggling with falling enrollment. Eastern Oregon University will cut majors in geology, mathematics, media arts, physics and global cultures, as well as a German concentration in modern languages.

A reorganization plan for Pacific Grove, California government that will eliminate 24 city positions was unanimously approved late Wednesday by the Pacific Grove City Council. The city currently has 120 full-time employees. The reorganization will eliminate four department head positions. It also will cut several clerical and maintenance positions and consolidate maintenance in the city's Public Works Department. The restructuring will bring customer service representatives to a single counter in City Hall.

Intel Corp. of Santa Clara, California, the world's No. 1 chipmaker, reported a 43% increase in third-quarter profit, the result of a thriving personal-computer market. Despite a growth in profits, Intel has set in motion more staff cuts, saying it would shed 2,000 jobs in the fourth quarter which will reduce the company's head count to about 86,000. That's down about 9% from where it stood in the end of 2006. The Chief Executive cited "a combination of great products, strong and growing worldwide demand, and operational efficiency" as the key factors for the growth seen in the quarter. The company said its performance was driven by growth in chips for laptop and other mobile devices, along with the corporate market.

Longview Fibre Paper Packaging of Longview, Washington says it will lay off 200 workers in the next two to six months, with the total job cuts reaching 300 over the next few years. The company says it's cutting about a quarter of the Longview mill's staff to become a profitable business in the long term.

Nautilus Inc. of Vancouver, Washington is cutting about 140 positions from its workforce, including about 80 at the company's headquarters. The fitness equipment maker said the cuts will save the company $10 million annually. The layoffs equal about 9 percent of the company's workforce and about 12 percent of its annual compensation.

Snocap Inc. in San Francisco, California, the company which developed technology for buying music downloads on, has announced that it has cut its work force by nearly half so it can focus on a strategy to sell the company. The cuts reduced the company's staff from 57 employees to 26. "We have determined that the natural, best course for the company is to be part of a larger entity," Snocap's CEO said in a statement. "This week, to pursue that strategy effectively, we made the painful decision to resize our team." The firm has already drawn interest from several companies.

Biotech giant Amgen, Inc. is eliminating 50 jobs in Seattle, Washington as it seeks to cut costs amid the fizzling of its pivotal anemia drug business. The jobs eliminated represented "a variety of functions," an Amgen spokeswoman said. Based in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Amgen became the largest biotech employer in the Pacific Northwest when it acquired Immunex in 2002. Amgen's troubles began earlier this year when regulators became concerned about the safety of two of the company's top-selling anemia therapies, Aranesp and Epogen, prompting payment limits and stronger warnings on drug labels.

The unionized workforce at TXI Riverside Cement mines in Oro Grande, California is expecting a mass layoff 50% or about 100 workers in March or April 2008. Union officials are concerned about safety at the plant with a reduced workforce. Ironically, TXI is opening a new facility between October 15 and November 15 of this year. The new plant has state-of-the-art equipment, which will increase annual cement production by nearly 50%. Bryan Klotz, the project manager for TXI Engineering said it would be one of the most efficiently operating cement plants in the entire world.

Restoration Hardware Inc. recently announced the layoff of 100 workers in response to "challenging market conditions" amidst a decline in the U.S. housing market. The layoffs are expected to save the company about $3.5 million this year after severance and other costs are paid and $9 million annually. Restoration's president said the layoffs will enable the company to "operate more efficiently in the current environment."

The biotechnology giant Amgen recently announced the mass layoff of 2,200 to 2,600 people, or about 12 to 14 percent of its current workforce. The layoffs mark the first time the company has ever conducted layoffs since its inception in 1980. The layoffs are being conducted in reaction to a drop in sales of its anemia-related drugs, which provide nearly half of the company's revenues. The company also plans to cut its capital expenses by $1.9 billion over two years, close certain production operations and shore up its research and development operations. In all, the company expects to save between $1.0 and $1.3 billion next year.

Freedom Orange County Information recently announced the layoff of fewer than 50 employees within the Orange County Register, the OC Post, Squeeze OC, Excelsior and a group of local weekly newspapers, magazines and Web sites. The layoffs are related to a shift in advertising from printed periodicals to the Internet, although the slowdown in the housing market is also being blamed for the cyclical decline in revenue.

Getty Images Inc. recently announced the future layoff of 100 employees in a move that it says will save the company about $20 million annually. The company produces imagery, film and digital service for a variety of businesses. Getty Images employed 1,608 employees as of May.

It is bittersweet news for the 140 employees schedule for layoff in July and August at the Koret apparel distribution plant last week. The union representative for the Chico, California plant negotiated a "satisfactory" severance package settlement last week. The severance package included medical benefits for six months and one week's pay for every year worked. Company officials stated the closure was due to the change in the apparel distribution business which has made certain inventory processing steps obsolete.

The San Jose Mercury News recently announced the layoff of 31 newsroom employees, adding to the 15 already leaving through voluntary buyouts earlier this year. The paper blamed the layoffs on the "bursting of the dot-com bubble" and its effect on classified advertising. It also noted that revenue had declined 36% since 2000.

The Southwest Washington Medical Center recently announced its plans to eliminate up to 100 jobs. Southwest Washington's CEO said the layoffs are a result of the medical center losing as much as $1 million a month for the past four months. The financial losses are being attributed to a decline in patient volumes, a 31% increase in unpaid bad debt and charity write-offs in the past year, competitive moves made by other physician groups to offer outpatient services, and a general increase in operating costs.

The Japan-based electronics giant Sony Corporation recently announced the layoff of about 100 workers at its United States PlayStation operations headquarters in California. The layoffs constituted about 6 percent of the operation's 1,600-person workforce. Sony is apparently suffering from losses it takes in the manufacturing of its super-high-tech PlayStation 3 console which was launched last November. A company spokesman said the layoffs were being made in order to streamline their operations and other initiatives to further strengthen the business, reduce costs and increase operational efficiency.

Agilent Technologies Inc. recently announced the layoff of about 75 Liberty Lake employees at its Mobile Broadband Division over the next year. Agilent makes electronics and measurement equipment and employs about 300 employees in the Spokane Washington area. The planned cuts resulted from a "deep-dive review" of the company's portfolio and market conditions.

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services recently announced the layoffs of about 36 jobs in its medical-assistance units, citing a shortfall in state funding and extra work the agency accepted without first getting money to cover the additional costs. About 21 workers are expected to be laid off in early July and another 16 jobs will be slashed as vacancies left unfilled.

Washington-based Hawaiian Airlines recently announced its plans to lay off nearly 140 workers in an attempt to streamline operations and regain profitability. 98 non-union employees will be laid off. This is in addition to 38 currently vacant positions. About half of the layoffs will occur on the U.S. mainland and all affected employees are being offered severance packages and will be allowed to reapply for other positions within the company.

The LA Times recently revealed that 57 of its newsroom staffers will be leaving, some of them on account of layoffs. The editor of the paper announced that most of the lost employees left voluntarily as part of a voluntary and involuntary employee separation program. The layoffs are being undertaken to promote the conversion of the newspaper into a "vibrant multi-media organization."

The Plumas Unified School District in California recently sent out 90 staff reduction and layoff notices to classified employees. The layoffs come in response to the district's funding shortage. The layoffs have impacted the school districts in Chester, Quincy, Taylorsville, Portala, and Greenville. The majority of the layoffs are affecting employees who work half-time or less in areas regarding instructional aid, special education, library/media specialization, transportation, and food-service. 10-12 full-time district workers will be laid off.

Millennium Funding Group based in Vancouver, Washington terminated 76 employees. The mass layoff was due to the dramatic changes in the mortgage industry. Company officials notified the Washington State Employment Security Department Dislocated Worker Unit of the layoff and indicated that it will likely be temporary.

Santa Monica-based Fremont General Corporation notified employees that they would lose their jobs by May 18. The sub-prime lending business did not disclose how many of its 2,400 employees are part of the layoff. Recently the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations found the bank was not obtaining the proper criteria before making loans. The company also recently announced it would exit the sub-prime lending business completely.

Effective immediately, nearly 60 employees received layoff notices at Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing in Bend, Oregon. This mass layoff affects about 10% of the total current employees at the plane factory located at Bend Municipal Airport. Columbia also issued 2 other substantial mass layoff notices in February.

Bubble Wrap manufacturer Sealed Air Corporation is closing its Kent, Washington plant on March 30. All 99 employees were told about the layoffs last Wednesday. Ampac Packaging LLC is going to buy all the Kent facility assets along with Sealed Air's United Kingdom operations. Sealed Air plans to refocus its business strategy and doesn't expect this plant closure to impact its bottom line.

Mortgage lender New Century Financial Corporation issued a mass layoff notice for 300 jobs. The Orange County company just warned of a financial loss for the last quarter and expects a large drop in loans for 2007. Reportedly 2006 results will also be restated due to accounting errors.

Bothell, Washington based ICOS issued another layoff notice for 61 workers last week. Almost all of the company's 700 employees are slated for a mass layoff by year end. The biotech has all but shut down operations after it was acquired by Eli Lilly in January. The latest notice was submitted to the Washington State Employment Security Department.

Duplicate positions are slated for job cuts at Umpqua and Vintage Banks mostly affecting employees in California but also a few positions in Oregon and Washington. The recent merger of the two banks forced company officials to start looking at overlapping positions. 65-75 employees will likely receive layoff notices around May when the merger is completed.

Washington Mutual notified Stockton, California employees that their jobs would be eliminated in a two-stage process that will be completed in two months time. The mass layoff impacts employees at the nationwide bank's loan processing center. The cuts come as a part of a cost-saving plan fueled by the declining mortgage market.

Semi-conductor part manufacturer KLA-Tencor is selling properties in San Jose and Livermore, California after reducing its workforce by 150 people in November. Company spokesman did not mention any additional layoff plans as a result of the property decrease.

Freightliner LLC finally revealed how many Portland, Oregon plant workers will be part of the previously announced mass layoff. Up to 800 employees at the Portland Truck Manufacturing plant will be laid off when the plant decreases operations from two shifts to one shift per day. The company blamed new EPA diesel emissions standards as one of the reasons for an expected industry-wide truck order decrease in 2007.

German Pharmaceutical Company Bayer will close its Richmond, California facility and lay off 300 employees. At the same time, the company has plans to expand its Berkeley plant. In a new restructuring plan, Bayer will make the Berkley plant a worldwide research and development site as well as the U.S. headquarters for Product Supply Biotech. Bayer spokesperson Sreejit Mohan stated that 200 additional U.S. positions would be terminated as well.

A plywood plant in Riddle, Oregon will terminate 80 plant employees this month. Roseburg Forest Products is cutting production as orders decline blaming the slowing housing market. Typically, plant layoffs last less than one week. However, this one is expected to last longer, at least until housing construction picks back up.

The top mortgage lender in the U.S. just announced it would cut 2500 jobs affecting 4% of its total staff. Countrywide Mortgage Corporation is based in Calabasas, California but the layoffs will affect employees in a number of states. The lender hopes to reduce costs by $500 million as the demand for home loans are expected to continue to decline.

An Ethicon plant located in San Angelo, California will lay off 60 employees before year- end and possibly 30 more in 2007. The company produces sutures and needles but plans to have the San Angelo plant focus on packaging and sterilization. The company plans to move the 60 jobs to a plant in Juarez, Mexico and the other 30 jobs to a plant in Brazil. The terminated personnel can receive up to 104 weeks of job re-training according to the Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Reform Act. The act provides assistance for people who jobs are transferred to foreign countries.

One of three Knight Rider newspapers cutting staff has revealed it plans to decrease its staff by 8%. The Mercury News in San Jose, California states it will lay off 101 employees due to a drop in advertising revenue. The other two Knight Rider papers, the Philadelphia Enquirer and the Daily News both based in Philadelphia also plan to cut an undisclosed number of employees.

Another successful Seattle biotech company is sold as Eli Lilly purchases Icos this week. Eli Lilly is purchasing the company specifically to acquire the successful erectile dysfunction drug, Cialis not the company's employees or facilities. Most of Icos' 700 employees will lose their jobs. Icos employs 500 highly paid and highly skilled people in Washington State. The company was founded in 1990 with Bill Gates as an investor. Other successful biotech companies in the Northwest ended up sold to larger companies in recent years. Nearly 400 Immunex employees lost their jobs when Amgen took over in 2001.

After a tense effort to pay employees their wages in September, Doctor's Medical Center enters into Chapter 9 bankruptcy on Monday. On Wednesday, the administrators laid off 300 of the San Pablo, California hospital employees. The emergency room remains closed as the hospital continues to appeal for emergency funding from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors.

Bellevue, Washington based InfoSpace disclosed plans to lay off one third of its staff by summer 2007. The 250 layoffs were expected since the company revealed last month that it lost a major customer. Two directors recently resigned as part of the company's restructuring plan.

The South Bay Board of Supervisors is facing a $200 million budget deficit, and County officials may lay off as many as 1,000 employees. Final word on the layoffs won't come until the Board has resolved the budget, but the county has made about $1 billion in budget cuts over the past five years, and the Board Chair has reportedly indicated that many programs may be eliminated entirely.

Onyx Software, which was acquired by M2M Holdings in August, promptly laid off a significant portion of its 250-person workforce in Belleville, Washington.

Sun Microsystems, which announced earlier this year that it would lay off between 4,000 and 5,000 employees during the second half of 2006, recently laid off about 950 U.S. workers, including 430 in the San Francisco Bay area. The cuts brought the total layoffs thus far to about 1350. More layoffs are expected.

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. announced early in August that it would lay off 100 workers at its San Diego headquarters. The new cuts come in the wake of the elimination of the company's field sales force in July, and represent more than 25% of the company's remaining workforce.

The Bank of America layoffs anticipated after the company's purchase of MBNA will impact Washington this fall, with 255 anticipated layoffs in Seattle and another 121 in Richland. Layoffs are expected to begin on October 1and continue through December.

Shurgard Storage Centers may lay off as many as 175 employees at its Seattle base of operations. Shurgard was acquired by Public Storage in March, and indicated that some personnel cuts would be forthcoming.

Boeing Co. plans to lay off at least 140 employees at the company's C-17 plant in Long Beach, California. The layoffs are scheduled to take place in late September, and may be only the beginning of job losses associated with the plant. The Boeing C-17 project currently employs approximately 6500 workers, but company officials have indicated that without a commitment for future C-17 orders from the government, they'll have to begin shutting down the plant.

Microsoft Corp. cut 214 jobs from its U.S. sales force during the last week of June, 96 of those from the company's Redmond headquarters location. At the same time, the company added 66 alternate sales positions, for a net loss of 148 jobs.

Intel Corp. has issues layoff notices to 53 workers in Folsom, California. Intel is in the midst of a restructuring review of its worldwide operations-which employ about 100,000 people-and many employees fear that these layoffs are only the beginning. The elimination of jobs at the Folsom campus, which employs approximately 7,000 people, marks the end of a source of new job creation in the area as well-the location had added about 1,300 new positions over the past three years.

Sun Microsystems announced plans to lay off between 4,000 and 5,000 employees during the second half of 2006, reducing its workforce by more than 10%. The company will sell off its campuses in Newark, New Jersey and Sunnyvale, California.

Washington Mutual recently announced that 550 workers in Jacksonville, Florida and 850 employees in Seattle would be laid off within the next few months. Although no other specific layoffs have been indicated, the company has announced its intention to move approximately 4,500 jobs overseas by the end of 2007.

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