Dry cleaner goes pro bono for jobless

If you can’t find a job, at least you can have a clean suit. Puritan Cleaners is offering free dry cleaning to unemployed workers through the end of August. Customers who bring a letter from the Virginia Unemployment Commission or their previous employer can have a suit and two dress shirts, or two regular dresses,… Read more »

Chester staffing firm cuts 261 jobs

Chester-based AdvantaStaff Inc. has notified the state that it will lay off 261 employees. Employees at the staffing services company were notified on Monday and the cuts will take effect 30 days later on June 5. The company is one of Chesterfield County’s top 25 employers, listed eighth in an annual economic impact survey the… Read more »

VDOT cutting 230 jobs, 90 in Richmond

The Virginia Department of Transportation announced that it will lay off 230 employees throughout the commonwealth. The cuts go into effect June 6. Spokesman Jeffrey Caldwell said that 63 of the cuts are at the central office and that 27 cuts are in the Richmond district for a total of 90 positions in the area…. Read more »

Martin Agency layoffs 60 days later

None of the 24 employees laid off from Martin have taken advantage of the program, according to the Agency Spy which concludes that they must still be on the job hunt.

Local career site goes pro bono

One Richmond job search site has stopped charging employers money to post jobs and browse resumes. was started in early 2007 by Rich Ringrose. Up until Tuesday, it cost an employer $130 to post a job, and $300 to access resumes. Job seekers were always able to search jobs and post resumes for free. Ringrose… Read more »

Second round of layoffs at PrecisionIR

White-collar jobs continue to disappear in Richmond. PrecisionIR, an investor relations technology company based in Chesterfield, let go about 40 workers yesterday, including 16 in Richmond.

Sandston shops mourn Qimonda

Sandston, the small Henrico village near the airport, isn’t exactly a company town. But the thousands of employees at Qimonda helped support a handful of locally-owned shops and eateries. One of the first customers at Lizzy Peas Express was a Qimonda worker, according to manager Ollie Taylor (pictured above). “She went back and told other… Read more »

Layoffs kill productivity for remaining workers, study finds

Headlines have been blaring news about layoffs across the area. That’s obviously bad news for those who get a pink slip, but it’s also bad for the businesses that let the workers go. According to a recently released study, 74 percent of employees who survive a corporate layoff say their own productivity has dipped since… Read more »

No position safe at Circuit City

Five hundred eighty-eight. That is the number of employees Circuit City laid off Friday. From account executive to visual merchandiser, the company axed positions in seemingly every department and every level of employment, according to paperwork filed with the state.