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CareerSource centers dealing with their own layoffs as economy rises

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In an ironic economic twist painful to some, Florida’s agencies charged with helping unemployed people find jobs are facing budget cutbacks because of the state’s declining unemployment rate — and some now are forced to lay off a few of their own workers. CareerSource Florida‘s 24 regional CareerSource agencies are facing budget cuts, some deep, and in many cases that means layoffs of those people who help other people who’ve been laid off. In pure numbers, hardest hit is likely…

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Putting a face on Gannett’s ‘2 percent workforce reduction’

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Susan Ledford wasn’t an immediately recognizable name from the Tallahassee Democrat‘s newsroom. Unlike Gerald Ensley or Bill Cotterell, she didn’t ride on parade floats or get to be known by governors and lawmakers. But for nearly three decades, Ledford helped make the trains run on time, night after night. Ledford — who’s been a copy editor, page designer, production planner, and numerous other titles over her 28 years — was given the proverbial ax this week, just one casualty of Democrat owner Gannett Co.‘s decision to trim…

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Five months after buying Tampa Trib, Tampa Bay Times announces more layoffs

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Five months after purchasing rival Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times will be eliminating more jobs in the upcoming budget year, in an effort to bring the newspaper to the same staffing levels as 2015. Benjamin Mullen of reports that Paul Tash, Times Publishing Company chair and CEO, announced the cutbacks in a memo to employees Monday. “Payroll is our biggest single expense, and in 2017 we will return to the same overall levels we had in 2015 —…

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Pinellas to lay off 211 county workers

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A must-read from David DeCamp: Pinellas County began handing out pink slips Thursday to 211 employees who face layoffs under budget cuts — the start of dramatic reductions in basic services as the county contends with slumping tax rolls. The layoffs run through virtually every department, affecting everything from parks and street repairs to customer service and health care. “These are people with house payments, car payments, kids in school — it’s just a shame,” County Commissioner John Morroni said.…

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