Hundreds in Florida Are Being Pushed Out of Work
The latest employment statistics posted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor are encouraging, yet hundreds of workers in Florida are bracing for layoffs in the coming months. The layoff notices filed by companies with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity do not paint a very rosy picture of the local labor market.
The layoff notices are filed under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act), which requires companies to notify workers and the state government in advance about significant layoffs. Companies are required to inform employees at least 60 days prior to the layoffs, as well as file a WARN notice with the relevant state department.
In July, nine companies filed WARN notices with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, collectively announcing 881 layoffs within the state. Some of the layoffs will begin by the end of this month, with the majority taking place through the month of September.
The greatest number of layoffs announced in July for Florida are at HSBC Finance in Brandon, where 197 employees in its mortgage servicing unit will be laid off in September and October.
Following HSBC, in terms of the number of layoffs, is Fluor Federal Services, Inc. The construction company announced that there will be 125 layoffs in Gainesville at the end of August.
Giant retailer of outdoor recreational goods Gander Mountain Company announced that there will be 119 layoffs at various locations in Florida at the end of August. This is as the company liquidates its assets and closes down stores following its bankruptcy that was announced earlier this year.
In Jacksonville, two companies reported that they will be cutting jobs soon. “Yellow Pages” publisher YP LLC will be laying off 105 workers at the end of September, while PHH Mortgage Corporation will be cutting 15 jobs in September and October.
Snack manufacturer Snyder’s-Lance Inc has announced layoffs in Perry, Florida as it continues its restructuring efforts. The company will be laying off 101 employees from the end of September through December.
In Miami, 93 store workers will lose their jobs in September and October because a Kmart store is closing. In Lake Worth, 73 employees will be handed pink slips by the drug rehab center Adolescent Treatment Center Of The Palm Beaches, LLC.
A Manufacturer of gate and garage opening systems, GTO Access Systems, LLC has also announced plans to cut its workforce by a third in Tallahassee. A total of 53 employees will be sent home between September 2017 and April 2018 as the company narrows its business focus.
So far in August, one company, Enduris Extrusions, Inc. has announced that it will lay off 166 workers in Florida at the end of September.
“2017 Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notices,” Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Last accessed August 8, 2017.