An Unexpected Company Is Now Laying Off Hundreds in Illinois

An unexpected company is now laying off hundreds in Illinois by the end of summer due to a decline in market demand for its products.

John Deere, the world’s leading seller of tractors and crop harvesters, has announced a significant wave of layoffs, impacting approximately 610 production staff across its plants in Illinois and Iowa.

This decision comes as the company grapples with rising operational costs and a decline in market demand for its products.

The company is slashing around 280 workers from a plant in East Moline, Illinois.

Among the affected locations, the Davenport, Iowa factory will see 230 employees laid off, while about 100 production workers at the Dubuque, Iowa plant will also lose their jobs.

These layoffs follow a series of similar announcements from John Deere earlier this year.

In May, approximately 200 employees at the Waterloo Works plant were informed of their impending job loss, adding to the 308 workers laid off at the same location in late April.

Furthermore, in March, 150 employees at the Ankeny plant faced layoffs.

Despite reporting $10.166 billion in profits last year, John Deere has emphasized the need for enterprise-wide changes to adapt to the challenging economic environment.

“We can confirm Deere leadership recently communicated that rising operational costs and declining market demand require enterprise-wide changes in how work gets done to achieve our goals and best position the company for the future,” the company stated.

One longtime John Deere worker at the Harvester Works plant in East Moline, blamed the latest announcement on greed.

“We get wind of more layoffs daily, it seems, and it’s causing uncertainty all over,” the worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told The Guardian.

“The only reason for Deere to do this is greed.”

Deere & Co’s market capitalization stood around $102.81 billion as of Friday evening.

In mid-May, the company said it had generated $27.42 billion in net sales and revenues over the first two quarters of the year.

Its net income for the same timeframe was $4.121 billion.

The company recently trimmed its annual profit forecast for the second time and projected steeper declines in sales of large agricultural equipment.

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Applications for unemployment benefits now surge to new highs, a sign that the white-hot labor market is starting to cool off.

First-time applications for unemployment benefits rose last week to 231,000, the highest level since August, per CNN.

Thursday’s data also showed that the number of continuing claims, or applications from people who have filed for unemployment for at least one week, was 1.78 million.

That’s an increase of 17,000 from the prior week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The latest numbers come less than a week after the monthly jobs report showed the US economy added just 175,000 positions in April, less than economists expected and a steep drop-off from prior months.

US employers have now added an average of 245,500 jobs per month, versus 2023’s 251,000-per-month average.

Still, hiring remains strong. Although the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9% last month, it’s the 27th consecutive month that the jobless rate has held under 4%, matching a streak last seen in the late 1960s.

Weekly jobless claims data tends to be volatile but, while one week’s worth of data “does not a trend make,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at Fwdbonds.

“We can no longer be sure that calm seas lie ahead for the US economy if today’s weekly jobless claims are any indication.”

Company layoffs are picking up, hinting at caution on the part of companies as they weigh the outlook for the second half of the year,” he wrote in a note Thursday.

The Federal Reserve has been battling inflation by raising its key lending rate in the hopes of slowing the economy.

While the labor market has so far resisted those efforts, remaining white hot for the past 18 months despite 11 rate hikes from the central bank, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said last week that demand has “cooled from its extremely high level of a couple of years ago.”

Ian Shepherdson at Pantheon Economics said in a note Thursday: “We’d need to see at least a month of elevated readings to convince us that the trend really has turned.”

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6 Comments

  1. Amy

    This doesn’t have anything to do with greed.It has everything to do with solar panels and wind farms.Taking up our agriculture not to.Mention chinese and bill gates buying up all of the Agricultural land. FUJB

  2. M. Coleman

    Shouldn’t a picture of Governor Reynolds been included with Governor Pritkers? Layoffs were in Iowa and Illinois.

  3. Jim Schranz

    Bidenomic at work….

  4. M. Thacher

    Regarding Lay Offs at John Deere. I would respectfully like to suggest that while the Profit Dollars help understand corporate greed. If you could also report the profits as a percentage of sales. That would tell your readers how much of Total Income (Sales) as a percentage is Profit.

    That way readers can tell how Big of Dirty Bastards John Deere are.

  5. Frank Nez

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