Layoffs costing hundreds of people their jobs in NC

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RALEIGH – As the coronavirus takes a growing toll on the slowing US economy, hundreds of people in North Carolina from resorts in Greensboro and Kitty Hawk to an airline operating out of Raleigh-Durham International Airport are losing their jobs, according to layoff notices filed with the state of North Carolina.

But the official notices are but a small indicator of job cuts.

More than 83,000 claims had been filed from Monday through early Saturday afternoon, compared to weekly filings of about 3,500 claims in recent months, Larry Parker, a spokesman for the Division of Employment Security told WRAL News on Saturday. COVID-19 was cited for the claims request in 85% of the cases, Parker said.

Trans States Airlines, which does business as United Express, is closing its operation in Morrisville, the so-called WARN notice said in the filing received by the NC Department of Commerce on Friday. (WARN stands for Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification.)

The airline listing the 13 job losses as “permanent.”

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New World Concepts, a catering firm in Morrisville, said it was closing and laying off 120 people.

The layoffs took place on March 18 and a notice was filed the next day.

In Greensboro, the Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels laid off 700 people on March 18 and filed its notice the following day. The state received the letter on March 20.

The layoffs were described as “temporary.”

Another 300 people at the Umstead Hotel in Cary lost their jobs when it closed last week. However, as of March 20 no WARN notice had been filed, according to the latest Department of Commerce update.

In Kitty Hawk, the Sanderline Resort laid off 81 people. The cuts were made March 20, a day after the notice was received by the state the next day.

Again, the cuts were said to be “temporary.”

And in Charlotte, BLT Steak said it is cutting 57 jobs. The notice was made the same day – March 18 – as the cuts, which were listed as “temporary.”

Also in Charlotte, CE Rental is laying off seven workers on a temporary basis, according to a March 18 filing. The cuts were made the previous day.

Lemco Mills in Burlington said on March 16 it was laying off 57 people effective April 22.

Some 800 other job cuts were disclosed in other filings from across the state earlier in the month.