UPDATE 30 JUNE – Atmel laying off 266 workers in Colorado Springs, total 511 in two layoffs!

A second wave of layoffs is hitting Atmel, Corp. in Colorado Springs. Pink slips are being handed to 266 workers this week. Last December, just before Christmas, 245 employees were cut.

Atmel is a semiconductor manufacturer. Its computer chips are used in a variety of consumer products, including vehicles. Read More

More about Colorado Unemployment:

Southern Colorado unemployment soars

Colorado’s unemployment rate rose to 5.8 percent in November, as 8,900 more people lost their jobs. There are 160,000 people searching for work in the state. Southern Colorado is faring much worse than the state as a whole.
Today’s announced rate will increase even more as the Atmel layoffs are reflected in the December rate.
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State labor officials said Friday that Colorado’s seasonally adjusted rate was 7.6 percent in May, up from 7.4 percent in April. In May of last year, Colorado’s unemployment rate was 4.7 percent.

Colorado’s unemployment rose slightly in May, cutting short a downward trend that some pointed to as hope for a recovery.

Last month, Colorado shed about 21,000 jobs, to 2,513,900. In May of last year, Colorado had 2,597,600 working residents.

State labor officials said unemployment rates usually go up in May, when seasonal ski resort workers look for new jobs. About 7,600 jobs were lost in leisure and hospitality.

Manufacturing employment also fell, down 1,900 jobs, and the logging and mining sector dropped for the sixth consecutive month, shedding 900 jobs.

The biggest losses in the past year came in the category of professional and business services, which is down 15.6 percent from May of 2008, a loss of 25,800 jobs.
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Wonder what these 511 unemployed workers at Atmel think about Obama’s Stimulus plan to create new jobs or save jobs? Americans are still losing jobs at a record pace across America and Obama is still calling for more spending and more taxes! Tell me people, how does a family of 4 meet their bills while on unemployment checks?   Obama approval rating is at its lowest today telling me that the unemployed workers are feeling the hard times while Obama family is spending American tax money to party. 


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