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Mass job layoffs decline in Ohio

Published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 5:29 PM
Updated: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 @ 5:29 PM

The number of workers impacted by mass layoffs of at least 50 employees by Ohio employers declined last year to its lowest level since 2003.

Year Total number of layoff notices (all industries) Employees affected by mass layoffs 2011 668 39,058 2010 712 49,994 2009 1,205 114,879 2008 1,027 89,057 2007 716 43,849

SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services

A list of area businesses with state notices for layoffs or closures in 2012.







Potential employees affected



Layoff dates




Liz Claiborne Distribution Center

West Chester






Jan. 27-Sept. 1




Appleton Papers, Inc.

West Carrollton






May 20




Diversapack of Monroe







March 5




Cub Food (Lofino’s Food Stores)


Dayton and Miamisburg




Sept. 30




Mercy St. John’s Center







June 1




SuperValu Ohio Valley Distribution Center







July 8-Sept. 30












March 6




Xanterra Parks & Resorts

College Corner






Feb. 7












April 19




Kmart Store #9660







April 1




Schneider Logistics, Inc.

West Chester






March 31











SOURCE: Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

Google Inc.’s announcement earlier this week that it planned to slash thousands of workers from its recently acquired cell phone business was eerily reminiscent of the mass layoffs that displaced scores of Ohio workers at the height of the last recession.

More than three years into the recovery, however, mass layoff announcements have become more of an anomaly than standard business practice, suggesting employers are no longer downsizing rapidly despite sluggish economic growth and unemployment of 7.2 percent in Ohio and 8.3 percent nationally.

“During the recession, there were a lot of companies whose revenues were just falling off the table, and they went through massive changes,” said John Challenger, chief executive of Chicago-based workforce consultancy, Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “A lot of that has been completed now, and you’re likely to see fewer bouts of big layoffs at big companies.”

In Ohio, where a dramatic slowdown in manufacturing during the recession led factories to shed hundreds of workers at a time, mass layoff announcements by employers fell to 668 last year from a peak of 1,205 in 2009, government statistics show. The drop in mass layoffs — which affect at least 50 workers at one company — cut the total number of worker separations by more than half over the same period to 39,058 from 114,879, based on figures from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The last major mass layoffs in the region in 2009 included 644 employees at NCR Corp. and 200 employees at Iams in Dayton, 299 workers at SMART Paper in Hamilton and 186 workers at Auto Truck Transport Corp. in Springfield, though those numbers were dwarf by the 2,621 workers laid off by ABX Air in Wilmington, according to Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notices filed with the state.

Nationwide, the 4,512 mass layoffs announced by private, non-farm employers in the second-quarter of this year was the lowest second-quarter total since 2007, when 3,741 mass layoffs were announced in the the three-month period that ended in June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

Still, workforce reductions remain a primary tool for many companies struggling to keep costs under control as the economic recovery inches along in fits and starts.

Shrinking staff to match work

U.S. employers announced 283,091 total layoffs through the first half of the year, up 15 percent from the first six months of 2011, according to Challenger’s research.

“The economy has remained weak and not very stable, and we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring,’’ said Dave Dysinger of Dysinger Inc., a precision machine business in Dayton. “In a wildly fluctuating market like that you have no recourse but to shrink your staff to match the work that is available to you.’’

Dysinger said he is not planning any layoffs, but small to medium-sized firms such as his are often the most vulnerable to the intermittent slowdowns that have plagued business cycles since the recovery began in June 2009, Challenger said.

“The small- to medium-sized companies that do a lot of the hiring are still facing a lot of change and turnover,” he said. “They’re not looking at big layoffs, but they’re constantly turning out the people who aren’t doing as well. You see a lot of those companies take the bottom 10 percent of their performers and move them out.”

But employers are generally reluctant to cut too many workers because of the time and training it takes to replace them, especially skilled laborers who have become increasingly hard to find.

“The real problem for a company like ours is that it takes about 10 years from the beginning to develop a top-notched machinist,’’ Dysinger said. “So we end up constantly chasing people to develop. And just as we’re getting them developed, we go into another downturn in the economic cycle.”

That can force an employer to make tough choices about who stays and who goes.

“Even in a down economy, you still need that balance of skill levels to be successful,” Dysinger said. “You have to have the right people matched up to the right work.”

Employers striving to maintain that balance have contributed to the general slowdown in layoffs and a sharp decline in the number of people seeking unemployment aid as a result.

Nationwide, initial claims for unemployment benefits — the most widely tracked gauge of layoff activity — fell unexpectedly in the first week of August by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the U.S. Department of Labor reported last week.

In Ohio, initial claims for the first week in August were down were down 13 percent from from the previous week to 10,089.

While the drop in new applications offers hopeful signs that the labor market is at least beginning to stabilize, worries about pending government spending cuts and higher taxes coupled with fears about Europe’s on-going debt crisis, among other economic concerns, promise to keep unemployment elevated for the foreseeable future, said James Brock, a Miami University economics professor.

“Employers will remain reluctant to add workers until there is more clarity about where the economy is headed,” Brock said.

Some showers for Thursday morning, few storms by afternoon

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:49 AM

Graphic by Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini

A flash flood watch remain for parts of the area as more rain and storms are possible Thursday, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini said. 

A flash flood watch for Butler County is in effect through Thursday morning.  The Flash Flood Watch for Darke, Preble and Wayne, Ind. counties has been canceled.

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  • Wet roads, ponding issues for the morning commute
  • Morning showers, few afternoon storms Thursday
  • Unsettled weather pattern into the weekend

RELATED: County-by-County Forecasts 


Thursday: Some showers will develop and move back into the Miami Valley in the morning, especially south of Interstate 70. Temperatures will drop into the middle 50s early, then climb to an afternoon high in the upper 60s. Broken clouds with some peaks of sun throughout the afternoon with some popup storms and downpours possible between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The severe thereat is low, but brief, heavy rain could reduce visibility. 

RELATED: Heavy damage from Wednesday’s storms in Park Layne

Friday: Dry and pleasant for the first half of the day with highs reaching the middle 70s and some sunshine early. Scattered clouds move in during the evening with a few showers or storms. 

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Saturday: Most spots start out dry in the morning, but some isolated storms are possible in the afternoon. More scattered showers and storms are possible into the night with an isolated strong storm possible. Highs will reach around 80 degrees with a muggy feel to the air. 

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Sunday: Scattered showers and storms move through the first half of the day as a front moves through. Eastern parts of the Miami Valley might still have a few storms around late in the afternoon. Everyone will start to dry out by the evening. It will be muggy once again with highs near 80 degrees again. 

Memorial Day: Sunshine and scattered clouds with highs reaching the middle 70s. Another quick-moving front will approach the area that could trigger a few showers or storms towards the evening. 

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WATCH: Miley Cyrus honors Manchester attack victims with performance on 'The Voice'

Published: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:34 AM

Miley Cyrus isn’t coaching “The Voice” until next season, but that hasn’t stopped her from making an early appearance on the show.

On Tuesday, the 24-year-old hit-maker sang her latest single, “Malibu,” as part of the second half of the Season 12 finale.

Miley dedicated her performance to her “good friend” Ariana Grande and the victims of the Monday attack in Manchester, England, which took place outside of one of Grande's concerts.

>> Watch the performance here

“Our hearts are with you,” Cyrus said before launching into her breezy ballad surrounded by a scenic stage setting of wildflowers and waterfalls.

“Malibu” was released earlier this month and is the first taste of Cyrus' new musical direction. She previously made clear to the public that she is returning to her roots with her forthcoming record. “Malibu,” which she co-penned in honor of her fiancé Liam Hemsworth, is set to appear on her as-yet untitled album, due out later this year.

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In addition to Cyrus' performance of “Malibu,” the star-studded episode included performances from artists such as Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Rascal Flatts and many more.

Cyrus coached on Season 11 of “The Voice.” She will return to coach on Season 13, alongside co-stars Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson.

15 people trapped, rescued from high water at Sebald Park in Butler Co.

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 11:30 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 3:20 AM

UPDATE @ 3:21 a.m. 05/25/17

Those trapped in the park included a pregnant woman and people with medical issues, according to Madison Twp. Fire Department Chief Kent Hall.

“Flood waters had went over the bridge area,” Hall said. “Had several family members, small kids (and) adults that were still in the park area. The issue here is we really couldn’t leave them in the park.”

The only way out of the park was through a large wooded area that connected to the golf course, Hall said. 

Firefighters located family and the kids that were trapped, and escorted them through the wooded area back through Weatherwax Golf Course, Hall said.

“They had to make their way up the hill, down the hill then through the woods,” he said. “You had to know this area well to be able to accomplish this very dark very thick wooded area. So you definitely had to have somebody who knew where they were going.”

A couple of minor injuries reported, according to Hall.  

“It all ended well,” he said. “We were able to get them out due to the experience of the firefighters with the department.”


Firefighters rescued 15 people, eight adults and seven children, after high water trapped them at Sebald Park in Madison Twp., Butler County Wednesday. 


Crews said high water cut off access to a bridge in the park, trapping multiple people in the high water. 

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Madison Twp. firefighters said in a Facebook post the group went to the park earlier in the day for a birthday party. 

There were no reports of injuries. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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Tornado damage reported in Park Layne, Greene & Miami counties

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:55 PM
Updated: Thursday, May 25, 2017 @ 12:41 AM

There is heavy damage from Wednesday night’s tornadoes and severe weather in several locations in Miami, Greene and Clark counties.

VIDEO: Funnel cloud over Fairborn  | Clark. co. sheriff gives update on damage

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The National Weather Service is working to confirm the number, strength and exact locations of tornado touchdowns in the Miami Valley Wednesday evening.

>>PHOTOS: Storm damageStorms clouds roll in

A Sunoco gas station on state Route 235, in the 2100 block of South Dayton-Lakeview Road in Park Layne, has been destroyed and other businesses in that area have been damaged.

RELATED: National Weather Service spotters looking to confirm tornadoes in 3 counties

The Churchill Manor apartment complex, located behind the Sunoco station, has been partially evacuated due to storm damage. Firefighters said occupants of two of the three buildings in the complex will be displaced. One building is missing its roof, while the second roof was leaking.

Victory Motors has been damaged. The side of the store has been blown off. A Family Dollar store and a McDonald’s have been damaged as well.

RELATED: Widespread substantial flooding reported in Butler County

RELATED: Roundup of flood watches, advisories in effect overnight

We will update this report as warranted.