Thousands Face Layoffs in Pennsylvania in First Six Months of 2017

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Thousands Lose their Livelihoods in the First Half of the Year

The first half of 2017 has not been fortunate for many in Pennsylvania. Thousands of workers in the state lost their jobs in just the first six months of this year.

Dozens of layoff notices have been filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry by many big and medium-sized companies.

The U.S. Department of Labor requires companies to inform them of significant layoffs under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification  Act (WARN Act). The legislation also requires that employers tell affected workers about the layoffs at least 60 days prior to the employees being laid off.

Notices filed with Pennsylvania’s labor department in the last six months show that thousands have lost their jobs in a short time span. A significant number of these layoffs have been the result of permanent shutdowns of factories or stores within the state.


Well-known companies among the more than two dozen that have announced layoffs in Pennsylvania during this period include Macy’s Inc, J C Penney Company Inc, Sam’s Club (owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc),  Kellogg CompanyHarley-Davidson Inc, Caterpillar Inc., and Bank of America Corporation.

The highest number of layoffs in the state were announced by cereal manufacturer Kellogg, which laid off more than 500 workers within Pennsylvania so far this year.

Macy’s announced two store closings within the state, which caused more than 260 employees to lose their jobs. J C Penney closed a store in the town of King of Prussia, causing 118 workers to face layoffs.

Sam’s Club closed a store in Exton, in a move that affected 126 employees. Dollar Express, which was acquired by Dollar General Corp., laid off roughly 200 workers at 20 locations within Pennsylvania.

Heavy machinery giant Caterpillar announced that it was closing its factory in Houston, Pennsylvania. Motorcycle manufacturer Harley Davidson cut 118 jobs in York County and moved them to Missouri.

Bank of America laid off about 112 employees in Pittsburgh while Philadelphia-based packaging company PaperWorks Inc cut 147 jobs.

Conduent Inc cut its workforce in half at its call center in Lackawanna County. About 149 employees were given pink slips, out of a total workforce of 300.

CEVA Logistics cut 130 positions at two locations within the state. A manufacturer of drug delivery systems, Unilife Corp, also laid off 130 employees at two locations in Pennsylvania, after filing for bankruptcy.


Thousands laid off at 38 Pa. companies in first half of 2017,” PennLive, July 13, 2017.