Store and Factory Closures Have Eliminated Many Jobs
State employees in Illinois may be facing the threat of layoffs amid the government’s worsening budget crisis. Furthermore, private-sector employees are already witnessing hundreds of job cuts in the state.
During the month of June, more than 500 employees were laid off by a number of companies within the state.
The biggest number of workers was shed by electronics giant, Philips, in Aurora. The company announced that it would close its factory in the region and move its manufacturing operations to Hamburg, Germany. The Aurora plant is closing by the end of this year, and will cause roughly 200 American workers to face layoffs.
This is the largest number of layoffs reported in the month of June to the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which requires large companies to inform them at least 60 days prior to enacting mass layoffs.
The second-largest number of layoffs was reported by Sam’s Club, which, like Philips, also filed a notification with the state’s department. The membership-based wholesale retailer, which is owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc, reported in its document that it was closing its store in Woodridge by the end of June. That store was more than two decades old. Following the store closure, 158 employees will have lost their jobs.
Right behind Philips and Sam’s Club is the department store chain Sears Holdings Corp, which announced 108 layoffs in the month of June. The store chain is temporarily closing its Oakbrook location in order to reduce its size from three floors to just one. The store will reopen next year with a lower staff headcount, and without an auto center.
Bellevue, Washington-based thrift store chain Savers, Inc. is another company that announced significant layoffs in Illinois in June. Savers announced that it would be closing one store in Chicago, and a warehouse facility located in Bellwood. The store closing will result in 58 layoffs, while the warehouse closure would affect 23 employees. This follows other Savers store closures and layoffs in the spring.
“Illinois companies, including Sam’s Club and Sears, warn off more than 500 job losses in June,” Chicago Tribune, July 10, 2017.