An Unexpected Company Is Now Laying Off in Kentucky

An unexpected company is now laying off in Kentucky following the closure of several facilities nationwide, per media reports.

FurHaven Pet Products has filed a WARN notice with the Kentucky Career Center advising that a total of 148 staff members will lose their jobs soon.

The company is permanently closing a facility in Florence and told all staff members this week they will be terminated from August 7.

FurHaven released the following statement:

“On behalf of FurHaven Pet Products, Inc. (the “Company”), this letter is to notify you that the Company will permanently close its entire plant located at 7130 New Buffington Road, Suite 400, Florence, Kentucky 41042.

The Company is issuing this notice to you to satisfy any obligation that may exist under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, 29 U.S.C. § 2101 et seq.

If no obligations exist, this notice is being provided to you voluntarily.

The closure is expected to result in the permanent elimination of 148 positions.

A list of affected job titles and number of employees in each job category is attached to this communication as Exhibit 1.

All affected employees are receiving notice today, June 5, 2024, of their separation date and that their separation of employment will be permanent.

The expected date of the first job losses is anticipated to be on or within 14 days of August 7, 2024.

The affected employees are not part of a union, and no bumping rights exist.”

Other companies who have advised of upcoming layoffs in Kentucky include:

  • HDT Global. 94 job cuts by 12/31.
  • WHEELS UP. 40 job cuts by 6/16.
  • Quanex Building Products. 140 job cuts by 6/7.

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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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