The Bureau of Labor Statistics said the U.S. economy lost 20.5 million jobs in April, the largest … [+] decline in jobs since the government began tracking the data in 1939.
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Topline: As the coronavirus pandemic keeps Americans confined to their homes, nearly every industry has been negatively impacted by the disease, and businesses losing out on cash flow have started laying off workers.
Here’s who’s axed staff so far:
Airlines & Transportation
Air Canada will lay off 5,100 members of its cabin crew, about half of its current roster, as its planned flights for April have been cut by nearly 80%.
Air New Zealand will let 3,500 workers go, equaling about one-third of its workforce.
Avis Car Rental Boston’s Logan International Airport reportedly laid off an undisclosed number of workers.
Boeing will eliminate 10% of its workforce, reportedly through voluntary layoffs, natural turnover and involuntary layoffs.
Enterprise Holdings, the parent company of car renters Enterprise, National and Alamo laid off 743 workers in North Carolina.
Flight Centre, Australia’s largest travel agent, is laying off and putting on leave a third of its 20,000 employees.
Helloworld Travel, an Australian travel agent, let 275 employees go.
Car rental company Hertz plans to lay off 10,000 workers from its North American business.
Ridesharing company Lyft let 982 workers go, an elimination of 17% of its workforce; an additional 288 were furloughed.
Norwegian Air said that it would temporarily lay off up to 50% of its workforce, meaning 7,300 workers, and suspend 4,000 flights due to the pandemic.
Scandinavian Airlines said Sunday it will temporarily lay off 10,000 employees, equal to 90% of their staff.
Stena Line, a European ferry operator, announced that 950 jobs would be cut in Sweden due to a sharp decline in travel bookings.
Canadian airline and travel company Transat AT let go of 3,600 workers, or about 70% of its workforce.
TripAdvisor eliminated 600 roles in the U.S. and Canada, and 300 more in other countries, as part of a 25% workforce reduction; an undisclosed number were furloughed.
ZipCar, a car rental company, laid off 20% of its 500 workers.
Aviation support service company Prospect has let go over 100 workers and restaurant servicer company HMSHost laid off over 600 workers from from Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Miami International Airport concession vendors Global Miami Joint Venture and Airport Concessions Group collectively laid off 758 employees.
Over 1,200 workers were laid off from OTG, which staffs restaurants and stores in New York City’s LaGuardia International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport, along with New Jersey’s Newark International Airport.
Workers have also been laid off from Philadelphia International Airport, Orlando International Airport and Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Arts, Culture & Entertainment
Film studio 20th Century Fox dismissed 120 Los Angeles-based employees.
The Houston-based Alley Theatre laid off 75% of its staff and implemented pay cuts for those remaining.
Caesars Entertainment Corp. has also begun pandemic-prompted layoffs.
Christie Lights, an Orlando, Florida, stage lighting company, laid off 100 employees.
Toronto-based movie theater chain Cineplex Inc. laid off thousands of part-time workers after being forced to shut its 165 locations across Canada and the U.S.
The Circuit of the Americas, an Austin, Texas-based concert, automobile racing, conference and entertainment complex, said it was laying off an undisclosed number of workers after being indefinitely closed due to coronavirus.
Montreal-based circus producer Cirque du Soleil will lay off 4,679 people—95% of its staff.
Talent agency Endeavor laid off 250 workers, with the first wave focusing on those who cannot do their jobs from home, such as restaurant workers.
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, IATSE, estimated that 120,000 jobs for film workers, including technicians, artisans and other crew positions have been eliminated.
Lifestyle branding agency Karla Otto laid off approximately 28 New York City employees and several others in its Los Angeles office.
Public relations firm Krupp Group laid off an undisclosed number of New York and Los Angeles employees.
About 300 workers across the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Hancock Shaker Village will be out of jobs by mid-April.
New Jersey’s McCarter Theater said an undisclosed number of full-time and seasonal workers across every department will be laid off from May 15.
Production company Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios let 7% of its workforce go, resulting in about 50 positions being eliminated.
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art laid off 81 employees.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California, let go of all 97 part-time staffers.
About 85 freelancers in Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art have been cut.
Mystic Seaport Museum in Connecticut laid off approximately 200 workers.
Hollywood talent agency Paradigm laid off around 100 employees and reduced payroll for the remaining 500.
New York-based agency PR Consulting let 32 employees go.
The Science Museum of Minnesota temporarily laid off 400 employees.
Boutique fashion and hospitality agency Sequel let an undisclosed number of workers go.
SkyCity Entertainment laid off or furloughed at least 1,100 workers.
At least 50 employees of music and culture festival South By Southwest were let go after this year’s event was canceled, the Washington Post rep