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November 9, 2011
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Win-Door Returns to Toronto Next Week

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New Canadian Standards Could Impact Door Suppliers

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The Talk

By Christina Lewellen, Senior Editor

I had noticed through the summer and early part of fall that the number of times I learned on Facebook that another friend had been laid off was  dwindling. In fact, it had been so many weeks without that pit-of-the-stomach feeling on behalf of a friend that I was a little shocked when I recently saw two friends in a matter of days announce that they were now desperately seeking work opportunities.

According to recent jobs reports, we may be seeing some easing of layoffs in the job market. Just a few days ago, Reuters reported that U.S. employers are adding more jobs than we would have expected, which is good news. Still, last week’s WDweekly was the bearer of some tough news for the industry, as we reported on several manufacturers’ plant closings—thus leaving more industry folks out of work. This supported the notion that my super-informal Facebook gauge was correct.

In our poll question this week, I’d like to ask about layoffs at your company. With the back-half of the year delivering a less-than-awesome economic performance–perhaps lower than what we originally thought we’d see in earlier projections–is your company considering or executing additional cutbacks in the workforce? Is it necessary to cut back even more to start 2012 on more solid footing? Or have hiring/layoff activities moved into a neutral zone at your company? Please consider sending me an email or posting a comment to share what you’re experiencing.

Who Would You Vote For?

Our industry is not too different than likely Republican primary voters....read more

As we finish the year, my company is likely to:
Make additional cutbacks to the workforce
Maintain the status quo
Hire additional workers
 
 
The Outside View
What This Year's Business Trends Forecast for 2012
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Candidates, Take Heed, Housing Matters
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