The Coronavirus Job-Loss Impact Now Exceeds 3,000 at Seattle-Area Companies, WARN Act Notices Show

The tally represents only a slice of the economic gut punch caused by the virus, but naming the businesses hurt puts a human face on the numbers
Updated: Fri, 04/03/2020 - 09:45
 
 

The astronomical job losses fueled in Washington and greater Seattle by the ongoing coronavirus crisis continues to bulk up the official tally of layoff notices filed under the mandates of the federal WARN Act, with a total of 3,048 employees losing their jobs either temporarily or permanently in recent weeks, according to the filings.

As with any war, even against a virus, naming the fallen is an important step in recognizing the sacrifice made in the struggle for an ultimate victory. The same applies with the victims of the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis.

Names mean far more than numbers, in this case, and so the following list of companies that have laid off workers in recent weeks, either temporarily or permanently, in a very real way represents another facet of the casualties of this ongoing battle, beyond the tragedy of all the death.

The layoffs announced through WARN Act filings represent only a fraction of the job losses sparked to date as a result of the coronavirus crisis. For the week ending March 28, 181,975 claims for unemployment insurance were lodged in Washington, up 41% from the prior week, when claims totaled 133,464 ― an unprecedented level of job loss over such a short period.

Following are the layoff notices filed through April 3 in the Puget Sound region under the Warn Act to date.

  • • Open Square LLC, Seattle, 70 workers laid off temporarily effective April 1.
  • • Northwest Aerospace Technologies Inc., Everett, 73 employees laid off permanently, effective March 30.
  • • Eye Associates Norwest PC, Seattle/Kirkland, 106 employees laid off temporarily, effective March 21.
  • • YMCA of Snohomish County, Everett, 38 employees laid off temporarily as of March 30.
  • • Paper Source, Seattle/Bellevue, 52 employees laid off temporarily as of March 29.
  • • Kirkland Automotive Holdings I and II LLC, Kirkland, a total of 121 employees laid off temporarily as of March 25.
  • • Sound Repair Group LLC, Snohomish, 40 employees laid off permanently as of March 27.
  • • Ahern Rentals Inc., Arlington/Fife, two employees laid off permanently effective March 30.
  • • Electronic Recyclers International Inc., Sumner, 15 employees laid off temporarily as of March 23.
  • • 365 Hospitality Associates LLC, Seattle, 84 employees laid off temporarily as of March 16.
  • • National Products Inc., Seattle, 137 employees laid off permanently effectively March 27.
  • • King & Prince Seafood, Redmond, 116 employees laid off temporarily effective March 30.

Previously reported layoff notices include the following:

  • • Casual-dining chain Earl’s Restaurants USA Inc., Bellevue, 114 employees laid off permanently effective March 25.
  • • Boutique-hotel operator Pineapple Hospitality Co., Seattle, 156 employees laid off temporarily effective March 15.
  • • Foodservice company HMSHost, SeaTac, 354 employees laid off temporarily effective March 18.
  •  Four Points by Sheraton, Des Moines, 60 employees laid off temporarily March 23.
  • • Cannabis platform Leafy Holdings Inc., Seattle, 71 employees laid off permanently effective March 23.
  • • Boat-builder Westport LLC, Westport/Port Angeles/Seattle, 335 employees laid off permanently effective March 23.
  • • Edgewater Hotel, Seattle, 227 employees laid off temporarily effective March 22.
  • • Service Linen, Renton, 106 employees laid off temporarily effective March 20.
  • • Harbor Foodservice of Seattle LLC, Kent, 200 employees laid off temporarily effective March 22.
  • • Real estate company Onni Properties LLC, Seattle, seven employees laid off permanently effective March 31.
  • • Schwartz Bros. Restaurants, 297 employees temporarily laid off, effective March 11. The popular Seattle dining chain operates four Daniel’s Broiler restaurants — and Schwartz Bros. Bakery — and has about 500 total employees
  • • The Crowne Plaza hotel company in Seattle, 70 workers laid off temporarily effective March 19.
  • • Compass Airlines LLC, Seattle, 197 workers permanently laid off effective May 1, 2020. Compass is a regional carrier based in Minneapolis that flies smaller planes for American and Delta airlines, which have drastically scaled back flights in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

Many more companies are likely to file WARN Act notices in the coming weeks based on the known data about business closures in the area. Under the WARN Act, employers with a total of 100 or more workers must provide written notice to the Washington’s Employment Security Department and the top elected official in the community when a layoff or closure is occurring.

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