America's pink slip capitals

The Great Recession may finally be over, but as with real estate, location is a key factor in the job market. Find out which cities have been hardest hit by recent layoffs.

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May 28, 2012 11:51PM
All planned out. In early 1970’s both political parties endorsed and released “Workforce 2000” plans starting with the Fortune 500 companies. Workforce 2000 and NAFTA is Americas contribution to the new global economy. Jack Welch, then CEO of GE designed the model and the rest of the big leaguers followed in his foot steps. I remember it well working for a large aerospace company in So. Cal.
We attended a four hour presentation on how America was going to change. We were to become a service oriented country. How labor intensive work was going to be out sourced. How Chinas average pay scale was a whopping .35 cents per day. The man hours it took us to build one large airplane would be an equivalent cost to the most expensive BMW motorcar. Were all our stock holder excited. The Demographics of America were also explained. Guess what? The Hispanic communities was going to be the major population in the LA basin area. That’s right. See where we are today. All part of the plan and don’t forget, all endorsed by both political parties. Then the whipshooding began. Jack Welch implemented a theme called, “Keeping the Ideas Coming”. Ref. March Fortune 500 article. With the threat, or inevitable loss of our jobs, he started a manipulation cooptation strategy to pick the employees brains and make them think they could compete and save their jobs/asses. The CEO’s, corporate leaders and politicians are raking in all the benefits.
So when I hear and read about this new economy BS, remember our government has it all under control. The part I have trouble with is if people are not working and or making half of what they use to make, income tax revenue will drop as well. How dose a tax system expect to sustain and pay for basic services, afford a healthcare program and frequent handouts to the world in trouble?
In 1992 United Auto Workers union, (UAW) predicted that only 4% of the American workers will be represented by a union. Police, fire services and a few more government jobs will be represented to show the world America is still labor friendly.
As Americans Change so to speak and our earning power diminishes Americans will eventually take what they can get. Just like other third world counties did. Its Americas turn to become the stepchild.
And now Obama has brought in Jeffrey Immelt CEO from GE. Immelt cut his teeth under Jack Welch and Harry Stonesypher. GE was the model corporation which has led to American’s loosing their jobs. And now a Muslim in charge of Homeland Security. Amazing how everything predicted is coming to pass.
Wal-Mart has become the new commissary to America.
May 29, 2012 1:05PM
OH Sure, but we still have the Zombie population indicating they will vote for yet MORE 'Hope and Change'!!!
May 29, 2012 9:10AM
Does this include GM shipping 70% of their jobs to China.  OR  Is jobs shipped to China not considered Lay offs.
May 31, 2012 1:55PM

When was it over?  Did I miss the memo?  It's not over, it's just begining.  It's finally being felt in the other countries that we support.

The only reason unemployment is lower, is because they don't count the people who are no longer able to apply, their time has run out. 

I found a job after a year and a half of looking and going through my life savings.  I've been working since 14, put my self through school, no school loans, I worked, I'm educated and have skills.  I still had a hard time finding employment.  Too qualified, made too much money in the past.  I worked my way up to the wages I made.  I learned the systems the company went to, taught myself and others. 

We, not only this country, but our allies, are in BIG TROUBLE and no matter how they spin it, it's BAD! 

We are not the great uneducated, the great unwashed, we have a failing banking, financial industry.  Our government is failing, we are at war.  We have hunger and poverty running rampant in our country.  Our vets and elderly are abused and without!  Our mentally ill and handicapped are pushed aside.

We are lost!

May 29, 2012 6:03AM

you gotta love the nitwits who write these stories. they've been wriyting them constantly since 2007, and you'd think by now they'd say to themselves: "self, if it's actually over, why do I keep writing about it from week to week?"


who the heck are they trying to persuade? It sure ain't us.



May 29, 2012 10:00AM
the reason is down is that everybody is already fired
May 31, 2012 3:57PM

We have some counties in Alabama that are over 25% unemployment. No mass layoffs, but no jobs either. Americans need to work to fix the economy. More payroll taxes, more money into the economy. We've been in a depression, not recession, but if they want to call it a recession, fine. We're going back to where we were in a large part due to gas prices. People who have jobs have to get to work, which costs them more, so other bills have to suffer. So here we go again.


Instead of bailing out banks, investing in fixing our infrastructure would put thousands back to work and the support industries would put thousands more back to work. Quit putting money in the pockets of banker thieves and put it into building our country back.

May 29, 2012 3:39PM
All the pink slip capitals are Dem areas - imagine That!
May 31, 2012 1:21PM
Interesting these places have an exceedingly high rate of ILLEGALS too.
May 31, 2012 3:25PM
Why none in the south?   Three years into the Obama presidency the Richest of us are still getting bailouts and bonuses the working and non working poor and used to be middle classes are getting the bills. Unemployment is still atrocious and holding steady.So much for hope and change
May 29, 2012 3:52PM
I'm suprised Detroit is never on these lists.
May 31, 2012 1:22PM
3 in Cali and 1 in Obama's home state, what a surprise.

Cali is a huge burden on the rest of the country.

May 31, 2012 3:39PM

The US economy is in the worst shape right now. Just wait another 4 months. You will see a huge increase in layoffs. Unless they block the Obama care bill in court. Than employers will hire enough to minimize the layoffs

May 31, 2012 1:01PM
I know we are getting better, but there are still people losing their jobs that would disagree with that.
May 31, 2012 3:35PM
If Forbes is including their mass layoff numbers on Wells Fargo (WFC) in Santa Ana, CA and MetLife (MET) in Irvine, CA, then they need to list #1 as Orange County, CA... or provide examples of layoffs in Los Angeles, CA and/or LA County cities.  Really Forbes?!?! I thought that the name Forbes brought reputable information to the masses, but this just shows that journalists no longer do any research at all.

So Kurt Badenhausen, go re-work the numbers and give us legit info in the correct geographical location, thanks.

May 31, 2012 3:34PM
This is what happens when you hire a community organizer. It's only getter worse, remember in November.
May 31, 2012 1:21PM
So 3 of 5 in cali,  chicago and the big road apple.............seems like 5 proud democratic bastions of purity, liberality and tolerance ..........but shouldn't those god like traits be rewarded with supplemental  income redistribution from those evil red states??? LOL
Jun 1, 2012 1:42AM
The funniest part is very first sentence where the writer presumes the great recession is over, nice idea for thinking positive but not over yet buddy!
May 31, 2012 4:59PM
I don't know if it's funny or ironic how these are all Blue states... I'll go with ironic out of compassion. Nobama 2012!
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