The coronavirus outbreak has triggered unprecedented mass layoffs and furloughs. Here are the major companies that have announced they are downsizing their workforces.

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People gather at the entrance for the New York State Department of Labour offices on March 20, which closed to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Andrew Kelly/Reuters

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WarnerMedia told the Wall Street Journal on October 8 that it plans to cut thousands of jobs in order to reduce costs by 20%. The company’s first round of cuts in August were expected to impact 600 employees, mostly at Warner Brothers and DC Comics. Those cuts included top executives.

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The Warner Bros. film studio lot in Burbank, California. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GCImages via Getty Images

Source: Wall Street Journal


As of October 5, Southwest was asking its labour unions to accept pay cuts to dodge furloughs and layoffs through the end of next year. Previously, the airline offered extended leave and exit packages. Roughly 28% of its workforce accepted such packages in July.

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Source: Reuters,Wall Street Journal


Cineworld, which owns Picturehouse and Regal, closed all their theatres worldwide on October 5. The closures impact 40,000 jobs in the US and 5,000 jobs in the UK.

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A man cycles past a shuttered movie theatre in Times Square following the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 17, 2020. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Source: NPR


Exxon was laying off 1,600 employees in Europe as of October 5. The cuts represent 2% of its global workforce.

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Source: MarketWatch


American Airlines had previously announced cutting 20% of the company’s workforce upon the expiration of federal aid. The airline was set to furlough 19,000 employees on October 1.

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Employees watch as American Airlines Flight 903 prepares for take off from Miami in 2016. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Source: CNBC,Business Insider


On October 1, United Airlines furloughed 13,000 people. The company had previously said 16,370 jobs would be impacted by cuts.

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A United Airlines check-in counter in Atlanta. David Goldman/AP Photo

In a July 30 internal memo, United Airlines said it would furlough a third of its pilots – 3,900 people. The airline had announced on July 8 that it would issue layoff and furlough notices to 36,000 employees, including 2,250 pilots and 15,000 flight attendants. Before that, in a leaked May 4 memo, United Airlines said it expected to lay off at least 30% or some 3,400 employees on its administrative staff.

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Goldman Sachs is cutting 400 jobs, or 1% of its workforce, after briefly pausing job cuts amid the pandemic, Bloomberg reported on September 30.

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Goldman Sachs trading booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, on Thursday, January 6, 2011. Ramin Talaie/Corbis/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg


Allstate, the home and auto insurer, said it would lay off 3,800 employees — or 8% of its workforce — on September 30. CEO Thomas Wilson said the insurer would allow employees to stay on their medical plan through the end of the year while talent acquisition staff helps those impacted by the cuts find new employment.

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An awning over an Allstate branch. Reuters

Source: Wall Street Journal


Oil giant Shell is cutting up to 9,000 jobs, or roughly 10% of its workforce, as of September 30. The layoffs are meant to cut costs amid the pandemic, as well as position the company to move away from fossil fuels.

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A Shell gas station. Shutterstock

Source: CNN


Disney announced on September 29 that it was cutting 28,000 jobs from its theme parks division as the coronavirus pandemic continues to heavily impact that side of its business. The layoffs will most heavily affect part-time employees. CNBC reported in August that park shutdowns cost the company $US3.5 billion.

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Source: CNN, CNBC


Ralph Lauren said it would cut its global workforce by about 15% on September 22, ultimately saving the retailer $US180 million annually.

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A man walks past Ralph Lauren’s flagship Polo store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. Reuters

Source: Wall Street Journal


As of September 21, Carnival Cruise Line is laying off an unspecified “small number” of its crew members as it reduces its fleet size. The cuts represent the company’s second round of layoffs this year.

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A Carnival ship. Jorge Delgado / Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Lufthansa announced on September 21 that it is further shrinking its global fleet and workforce. The airline did not announce how many job cuts to expect, but noted that it had a personnel surplus of more than 22,000 positions.

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A Lufthansa Airbus A321. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty

Source: Reuters


Defence and aerospace giant Raytheon Technologies announced it will cut 15,000 jobs on September 17.

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A visitor walks past the Raytheon stand at the 53rd International Paris Air Show at Le Bourget Airport near Paris. Reuters

Source: CNN


The Guggenheim Museum, which will reopen on October 3, announced that it will be doing so with a smaller staff — it laid off 11% of employees as of September 16.

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New York City’s iconic Guggenheim museum. John Lamparski/Getty

Source: New York Times


Kohl’s is cutting 15% of its corporate workforce. The unspecified cuts will save the company $US65 million annually, according to a September 15 securities filing.

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Customers walk outside of a Kohl’s store in Colma, California in November 2019. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File

Source: Wall Street Journal


Dell told employees on September 14 that it will start eliminating an unspecified number of jobs in an effort to cut costs, according to Bloomberg.

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The logo for Dell Technologies Inc. is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Reuters

Source: Bloomberg


Citigroup will continue laying off roughly 1% of its global workforce, the company announced on September 14. The cuts end a previous commitment to pause layoffs amid the pandemic.

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The Citigroup logo is seen at the SIBOS banking and financial conference in Toronto in 2017. Reuters

Source: Bloomberg


Ford is offering buyouts to 1,400 workers eligible for retirement this year in the US. The September 2 cuts make up just under 5% of the company’s US workforce.

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Ford vehicles lined up in a factory. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Source: Wall Street Journal


MGM Resorts is laying off 18,000 previously furloughed employees starting August 28.

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The Bellagio hotel and casino, an MGM resort, is seen along the Las Vegas strip. Reuters

Source: CNBC


Coca-Cola said it plans to offer voluntary-separation packages to 4,000 employees in North America on August 28. It did not specify the total number of employees it plans to layoff.

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Boxes of Coca-Cola are seen at a grocery store in Los Angeles. Reuters

Source: Wall Street Journal


Salesforce started to lay off 1,000 of 54,000 employees on August 26, according to the Wall Street Journal. The news comes one day after the company posted record sales. In March, CEO Marc Benioff pledged a 90-day freeze on layoffs.

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Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO & cofounder. Salesforce

Source: Wall Street Journal


Delta Airlines plans to furlough 1,941 pilots in October following the expiration of federal aid, the company said on August 24.

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FILE PHOTO: Delta Air Lines passenger planes parked in Birmingham Reuters

Source: CNN


In April, Boeing committed to cutting its massive staff by 10%. In an August 17 memo, Boeing told employees it was starting a second round of buyout offers that would extend beyond the original expected numbers.

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A Boeing 787 Dreamliner being constructed at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant. Robert Sorbo/Reuters

Source: Wall Street Journal


AT&T laid off an additional 54 people in its marketing division on August 6, after laying off 3,400 employees in June.

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AT&T CEO John Stankey. John Lamparski / Stringer

Source: Business Insider


NBCUniversal started layoffs on August 4, impacting its broadcast networks, movie studio, and theme parks. The company is expected to cut less than 10% of its 35,000-person workforce.

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The NBC Universal logo on one of the company’s Los Angeles buildings. Associated Press

Source: Wall Street Journal


Spirit Airlines is preparing to furlough 20-30% of its workforce, according to a July 28 internal memo. Those at risk include pilots and flight attendants.

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Source: Reuters


L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, said it would lay off 15% of its workforce on July 28. The job cuts impact 850 people at the company’s Columbus, Ohio, headquarters.

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A shot from the Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider


Creative Artists Agency, a major Los Angeles talent firm, announced layoffs on July 28. It will layoff 90 agents and furlough 275 assistants — or nearly 20% of its workforce.

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The CAA headquarters in Los Angeles, California. Creative Artists Agency

Source: Los Angeles Times, Billboard


Oilfield services company Schlumberger said it is cutting roughly 21,000 jobs on July 24. It also reported second-quarter losses of $US3.4 billion.

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A Schlumberger building in Houston, Texas. Reuters

Source: Wall Street Journal


Daimler, the company that owns Mercedes-Benz, may cut 30% of its global workforce, Manager Magazine reported on July 22.

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A logo of a car at the Mercedes Benz automobile assembly plant. AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, Pool

Source: Manager Magazine, TeleTrader


Tailored Brands, the parent company behind Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank, said it expects to layoff 20% of its workforce and shutter 500 stores on July 21.

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A Men’s Wearhouse storefront. Getty/ Andrew Burton

Source: Business Insider


LinkedIn said it would cut 960 jobs, or 6% of its global workforce, on July 21. The cuts will impact hiring and sales positions.

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LinkedIn CEO Ryan Roslansky. Kelly Sullivan/Getty Images for LinkedIn

Source: Reuters


On July 15, American Airlines said that it will soon layoff 25,000 workers, including 9,950 flight attendants and 2,500 pilots. The cuts represent almost 20% of the company.

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An American Airlines flight taking off. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Source: Business Insider


Department store JC Penney announced that it would shutter 152 stores and lay off 1,000 jobs in corporate and field management on July 15. The company filed for bankruptcy in May and furloughed thousands in April.

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The clearance section in a JC Penney store. Business Insider/Jessica Tyler

Source: Reuters, Business Insider


PVH Corp, the company that owns Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger among other brands, announced that it is shuttering 162 stores and cutting 450 jobs, or 12% of its workforce, on July 14.

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A Calvin Klein advertisement. Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images

Source: Business Insider


On July 9, Bloomberg Law reported that Wells Fargo is preparing to cut thousands of jobs out of its 263,000-person workforce.

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A Wells Fargo ATM bank. Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Source: Reuters, Bloomberg Law


Walgreens said it plans to cut 4,000 jobs on July 9, after reporting a $US1.7 billion loss in the third quarter.

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A shuttered Walgreens location in New York City. Reuters

Source: Bloomberg, Business Insider


Levi’s, the denim company, announced on July 7 it was slashing 700 jobs. The cuts account for 15% of its total workforce.

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A Levi’s display. Shoshy Ciment/Business Insider

Source: Business Insider


While Macy’s furloughed the majority of its workforce in March, it announced it would lay off about 3,900 corporate workers on June 25.

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A Macy’s storefront in a Seattle mall in July 2019. Irene Jiang / Business Insider

Source: Business Insider


HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, announced plans to cut 35,000 jobs — or 15% of its global workforce — across the US and Europe on June 17.

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A woman walks past an HSBC bank amid the coronavirus pandemic in Paris, France on May 11, 2020. Reuters

Source: Business Insider, Wall Street Journal


On June 16, a union representing AT&T employees said the wireless carrier will lay off 3,400 and shut down more than 250 stores.

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People walk past the AT&T store in New York’s Times Square, June 17, 2015. Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Hilton Hotels announced it is laying off 2,100 corporate employees on June 16, amounting to 22% of its corporate workforce.

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The Hilton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia in 2016. Reuters

Source: CNN


Chevron, the second-largest oil producer in the US, announced that it will cut 10% to 15% of its 45,000 global workforce on May 27.

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A Chevron gas station sign is shown at one of their retain gas stations in Cardiff, California. Reuters

Source: Reuters


Boeing said it would lay off nearly 7,000 employees on May 27. The company initially announced that it would cut about 10% of its workforce on April 29. The company had 143,000 workers at the beginning of the year.

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Workers enter the Boeing factory in Renton, Washington on April 21, 2020, as commercial aeroplane production resumes following a suspension of operations in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters

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IBM will eliminate “several thousand jobs” as of May 22, mainly in the company’s technology-services division. Cuts come a month after new CEO Arvind Krishna withdrew IBM’s financial outlook amid economic uncertainty caused by the pandemic.

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IBM CEO Arvind Krishna. Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Wired

Source: Business Insider


Weeks after ride-hailing giant Uber announced it is cutting 3,700 jobs (14% of its workforce), CEO Dara Khosrowshahi announced on May 18 that he will cut 3,000 additional jobs and close 45 offices.

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Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. Carlo Allegri/Reuters

Source: Business Insider, WSJ


Airbnb announced it is laying off about 25% of its workforce, or 1,900 employees, on May 5. Its severance package includes several months’ pay, a year of healthcare, and support finding a new job.

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A woman talks on the phone at the Airbnb office headquarters in San Francisco. Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic announced it would cut 3,150 jobs on May 5, in addition to retiring its iconic Boeing 747-700 planes a year early.

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Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-700. Louis Nastro/Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Ride-hailing company Lyft is laying off 982 employees and furloughing another 288, accounting for 17% of the company’s workforce. The company made the announcement on April 29 and added that other cost-cutting measures include pay cuts for executive leadership.

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A Lyft ride-share car waits at a stoplight in Sacramento, California in July 2019. Associated Press

Source: Business Insider


On April 28, online travel company TripAdvisor announced it was laying off more than 900 of its employees, amounting to a quarter of its workforce.

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A TripAdvisor sign on a storefront, a ubiquitous site at tourist spots around the world. Shutterstock

Source: Business Insider


Hertz said it plans to lay off 10,000 employees on April 20. The car rental company previously employed 38,000 people.

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A sign displaying the Hertz logo. Reuters

Source: Reuters


On April 12, a union representing workers at Walt Disney World said the company will be furloughing 43,000 employees starting April 19. The amusement parks have been closed since March 16 and 200 essential workers will continue maintaining them.

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Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in January 2020. AP Photo/John Raoux

Source: New York Times, Vox


On April 7, Tesla sent an email to employees saying it will furlough all nonessential workers until at least May 4, and reduce all employees’ pay by at least 10%. These cost-cutting measures are expected to start April 13.

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Tesla’s factory in Fremont, California. David Butow/Corbis News via Getty Images

Source: Business Insider, CNBC


JCPenney has already started furloughing workers and confirmed it would continue to furlough a “significant portion” of its 85,000 employees as of April 5.

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The exterior of a JCPenney store. Shoshy Ciment/Business Insider

Source: JCPenney, Business Insider


On April 3, Under Armour announced that it will temporarily lay off about 6,700 employees starting April 12.

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An Under Armour store. Alex Tai/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Source: Baltimore Sun


The Wing, a buzzy Instagram-ready women’s coworking company, is laying off nearly all of its hourly employees and half of its corporate staff as of April 3, according to Vice. The company confirmed the layoffs but did not elaborate on numbers. Its founders are foregoing their salaries.

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The Wing’s Dumbo location in Brooklyn, New York. Sarah Jacobs/Business Insider

Source: Vice


ClassPass, the billion-dollar fitness platform, furloughed or laid off over half of its 700 employees on April 2 — 22% were laid off and 31% were furloughed.

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ClassPass CEO Fritz Lanman. Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Source: CNBC


On April 2, aeroplane manufacturer Boeing announced that it would offer a voluntary layoff plan to employees to cut costs. Those opting into the layoff plan will leave with a pay and benefits package, but the company offered no details about compensation.

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A Boeing employee works on a 747-8 Intercontinental aeroplane at the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington. Stephen Brashear/Getty

Source: Business Insider


Famed auction house Sotheby’s is furloughing 200 people — or 12% of its workforce —as of April 1, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Sotheby’s employees carry a painting by Roy Lichtenstein called ‘Two Paintings with Dado, 1983’ during a press view at the auction rooms in London. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Source: Wall Street Journal


Sephora laid off over 3,000 employees across the US via conference call on March 31. “It is our sincerest hope that we are able to bring these employees back on staff in the near future,” Sephora said in a statement.

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A Sephora store in New York City’s Times Square. Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Macy’s CEO Jeff Gennette informed his staff via email that the company would be furloughing most of its 125,000 employees on March 30. The company only plans to have work for “the minimum number of employees necessary to maintain basic business operations” across Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Bluemercury, Gennette wrote. He will stop receiving his salary, along with the rest of the board of directors.

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A Macy’s store in New York City. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Source: Business Insider,CNN


Bird, the buzzy electric scooter company, laid off 30% of its staff via a Zoom call on March 27. The call lasted only around 2 minutes.

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A Bird electric scooter. Mike Blake/Reuters

Source: Business Insider


Everlane, the clothing retailer focused on ethical sourcing, laid off over 200 employees and furloughed 68 others on March 27. CEO Michael Preysman will reduce his salary to zero.

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A pair of Everlane jeans. Jessica Tyler/Business Insider

Source: Vice


ZipRecruiter laid off 443 employees and furloughed dozens more on March 27, days after CEO Ian Siegel said the billion-dollar online job-hub company was safe.

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Ian Siegel founded ZipRecruiter in 2010 and serves as the company’s CEO. ZipRecruiter

Source: Business Insider


Sonder, a billion-dollar apartment-rental startup billed as a hospitality industry disruptor, laid off or furloughed 400 people — one third of its workforce — on March 24, according to The Information.

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A Sonder apartment in New York City. Katie Warren/Business Insider

Source: The Information


GE announced that it will be reducing approximately 10% of its aviation unit’s workforce, amounting to about 2,500 employees, on March 23. It also announced a three month furlough impacting 50% of its maintenance and repair employees. GE CEO Larry Culp will forgo his salary for the rest of the year, while GE Aviation CEO David Joyce will give up half of his salary.

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The logo of General Electric is shown at its subsidiary company GE Aviation in Santa Ana, California on April 13, 2016. Mike Blake/Reuters

Source: GE,Wall Street Journal


According to the Washington Post, at least 200 workers across President Trump’s hotels in Washington DC, New York City, and Las Vegas were laid off as of March 20. Other Trump properties, like Palm Beach’s Mar-a-Lago, have temporarily closed.

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A police boat patrols in front of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 17, 2019. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Source: Washington Post, Business Insider


Air Canada announced it is set to lay off more than 5,100, or 50%, of its flight crew on March 19. Renee Smith-Valade, the airline’s vice president, called the decision “difficult but necessary” in a statement.

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An Air Canada aircraft. JOERG KOCH/AFP/Getty Images

Source: CBC


Cirque du Soleil announced it is laying off 95% of its 4,679 person staff on March 19, a week after cancelling all its upcoming performances. The circus producer kept 259 staffers to plan and sell tickets for future tours.

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Artists perform during a dress rehearsal for Quidam, a show by Cirque du Soleil, at the Royal Albert Hall in London January 4, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Source: Cirque du Soleil,Forbes


New York’s Metropolitan Opera is the largest performing arts organisation in the US by budget. On March 19, the Met laid off all of its union employees for the duration of the coronavirus outbreak. The Met also announced the cancellation of all performances through the end of the 2019-2020 season, which was set to end May 9.

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The Metropolitan Opera in Lincoln Centre at dusk. Siegfried Layda/Getty Images

Source: NPR


Famous restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, which owns beloved NYC staples like Gramercy Tavern, laid off 2,000 employees, or 80% of its workforce, on March 18.

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Danny Meyer opened his first restaurant, Union Square Cafe, in 1985 at age 27, and went on to found Shake Shack, which is not currently part of the USHG portfolio. AP Photo

Source: Business Insider


Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, which owns over 50 hotels in the US including the W in Los Angeles, laid off 50% of its 8,000 employees on March 17. CEO Jon Bortz also told the Los Angeles Times that the company may need to lay off an additional 2,000 employees by the end of the month.

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The W Hollywood. Tiffany Rose/Getty Images for Third Street Media Group

Source: Los Angeles Times


Marriott International, the world’s largest hotel company, said it has started to furlough what could amount to tens of thousands of employees on March 17. Furloughs, as opposed to layoffs, occur when employees are required to take an unpaid leave of absence. Arne Sorenson, the president and CEO, announced that his own salary will be suspended for the rest of the year and senior executives’ salaries will be reduced by 50%.

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Arne Sorenson at a meeting with President Donald Trump discussing the economic response to the coronavirus outbreak on March 17, 2020. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

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Norwegian Airlines announced the temporary layoff of 90% of its workforce on March 16, amounting to 7,300 employees. The airline also cancelled 85% of its flights.

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Norwegian aircrafts. Johan Nilsson/TT via AP

Source: Reuters


Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced that it would temporarily lay off 10,000 employees — 90% of its staff — on March 15. SAS also halted the majority of its flights and is operating with limited service.

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An SAS airbus. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty

Source: Forbes