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Mass layoffs in Illinois approach 2,300 in August, report shows

Updated: May 9, 2012 9:46AM

Nearly 2,300 workers at eleven companies in Illinois will lose their jobs over the next several weeks, employers informed the state of Illlinois last month.

An August report released by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shows that among the job cuts the state was notified of are 628 workers at Chicago Restaurant Partners, 497 workers at UTI Integrated Logistics, a general warehousing and storage company based in Edwardsville; 200 workers at Buske Lines Inc., a general freight trucking company also of Edwardsville; and 194 workers at Lowe’s Home Centers.

The Illinois Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires employers to give workers, their unions and the state advance notice of mass layoffs. A mass layoff is defined as 250 or more full-time employees or 25 or more full-time employees if they make up one-third or more of full-time workers at the site.

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