Since the already shaky economy began to rattle to pieces in October, about 1,000 people in Southwest Virginia have been laid off by 16 companies across 32 locations. See the shape of where jobs are disappearing on our layoffs map. Get the number of jobs lost, the number left, and links to stories in The Roanoke Times about the layoffs.The bulk of the jobs lost are in manufacturing, but some are in technology. Most are rank-and-file workers, but some are management. Word of other layoffs, sent by readers who don’t see them on the map, is still coming in. I added two layoffs to the data today that were confirmed after hearing from readers about them.
I put the map together after watching — with horror, like most people — the rash of layoffs being reported in The Roanoke Times. I thought it would be useful to track the job losses, and see what it looks like when you plot them on a map. What areas are getting hit the hardest?
WVTF, our local public radio station, ran a story on the map Friday. Rick Mattioni did the interview and put together the story. He was also gracious enough to send over the audio. Here it is if you want to give a listen: