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.

What time will President Trump speak before Congress? What will he say; is it live-streamed?

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:17 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:21 AM

            What time will President Trump speak before Congress? What will he say; is it live-streamed?

President Donald Trump will speak before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, where, according to the White House, he will touch on plans for overhauling the tax code and talk about repealing and replacing Obamacare.

Trump will also reassure Americans that he won’t seek any changes to Social Security or Medicare, administration officials said.

Here are some specifics about the speech.

What time: 9 p.m. ET

What channel: All the major networks and cable news channels will be airing the speech live, and most will live-stream it on various platforms.

Where: The president will speak from the U.S. House of Representatives chamber.

Who will be there: All the senators and representatives are invited, and, so far, none have said they plan to boycott the speech as many Democrats did the inauguration.

According to some reports, Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to attend the speech as a  symbol of their opposition to the president’s immigration policies.

What will he say: According to press secretary Sean Spicer, “The theme will be the renewal of the American spirit. The address will particularly focus on public safety including defense, increased border security, taking care of veterans, and then economic opportunity including education, job training, healthcare reform, jobs and tax and regulatory reform."

Trump, himself, said on Sunday he will offer details on how he would like to overhaul President Barack Obama's signature health care law in a speech to the U.S. Congress on Tuesday.

Democratic response: The former governor of  Kentucky, Steve Beshear, will give the Democratic response to President Trump's address.

George W. Bush: Media 'indispensable to democracy'

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:24 AM
Updated: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

            George W. Bush: Media 'indispensable to democracy'

Former President George W. Bush said Monday that an independent press is vital to a functioning democracy and crucial to holding those in power accountable for their actions.

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"I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy," the 43rd president said on "The Today Show." "Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it's important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power."

Bush's comments come amid high tension between President Donald Trump and the news media. The president has branded multiple outlets as "fake news" and enemies of the people.

"A few days ago I called the fake news the enemy of the people, and they are," Trump said Friday, addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference. "They are the enemy of the people because they have no sources, they just make them up when there are none. … They're very dishonest people."

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The White House on Friday barred several news outlets from attending a briefing with press secretary Sean Spicer. Among the banned outlets were CNN and The New York Times, two frequent targets of Trump's ire.

Bush said on Monday that he encouraged other world leaders, including Russian President Vladmir Putin, to support an independent press.

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"It's kind of hard to tell others to have an independent free press when we're not willing to have one ourselves," he said.


Crews return to fight flames at home on Chapel Street

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 4:49 AM

UPDATE @ 10:39 a.m.

Firefighters are working to put out flames at another vacant structure in the 1500 block of Chapel Street.

The boarded up home where firefighters are dousing flames is right across the street from a vacant home where flames erupted earlier this morning.

The first fire was deemed suspicious. 

There were no reports of any injuries. We’re working to learn more.

UPDATE @ 10:30 a.m.

Dayton firefighters have returned to a home in the 1500 block of Chapel Street where crews put out a blaze earlier this morning.

Fire officials said the earlier fire at a vacant two-story structure was suspicious.

We’re working to find out if this is a new fire or whether embers reignited from the earlier fire.


Fire crews are responding to a fire at a vacant house on Chapel Street in Dayton.

Crews were called to the house just after 4:30 a.m. Officials said the fire is suspicious.

This is the second time in the last few weeks a fire has been reported at the house, located in the 1500 block of Chapel Street.


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Huber Heights council to consider new law director, Carriage Trails

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 8:39 AM

            Huber Heights council to consider new law director, Carriage Trails

Huber Heights City Council will face a packed agenda at tonight’s regular session.

Council will consider a resolution to enter into a law director agreement with Jerry McDonald and Pickrel Schaeffer & Ebeling, the firm of former law director Alan Schaeffer.

PS&E and the law firm Coolidge Wall submitted proposals to apply for the vacant law director position.

The appointment would come over the objections of Mayor Tom McMasters, who has written extensively against the firm’s continued service to the city.

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Council will also consider a motion to approve changes to rules of council, appointments to the Citizens Water and Sewer Advisory Board and a host of ordinances regarding improvements to the Carriage Trails Development.

State Rep. Michael Henne, R-Clayton, is also scheduled for a presentation during the meeting.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 6131 Taylorsville Road.

On Tuesday, council will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. in executive session to perform the employment evaluation for council employees.

Call the city at 937-233-1423 for more information.

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