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September has been a tough month for layoffs in San Diego, according to an online bulletin posted by the state’s Employment Development Department. The biggest unemployment numbers were generated Microsoft-owned Nokia, with 378 permanent layoffs. Then there was downtown’s Stingaree nightclub, a once-flashy magnet for rappers and disco artists, which fired 111 during a celebrated shutdown.

Lesser-known but likely equally painful cuts came at Angelica Textile Services, which lost 67 jobs to “permanent closure.” The company does laundry for “hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities,” according to its website. The Active Network, a computer outfit that left town after Texas governor Rick Perry came up with $8.6 million of taxpayer money as an “incentive” to move to the Lone Star state, dumped 47 workers, according to the California report.

Smaller layoffs came at Intuit (7) and Trius Therapeutics (6). Antibiotic developer Trius was bought a year ago for $740 million by Lexington, Massachusetts–based Cubist Pharmaceuticals. “Trius is an excellent strategic fit, and its lead product candidate, tedizolid phosphate, has the potential to be an important new treatment in the fight against resistant infections,” said a Cubist news release at the time.

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September has been a tough month for layoffs in San Diego, according to an online bulletin posted by the state’s Employment Development Department. The biggest unemployment numbers were generated Microsoft-owned Nokia, with 378 permanent layoffs. Then there was downtown’s Stingaree nightclub, a once-flashy magnet for rappers and disco artists, which fired 111 during a celebrated shutdown.

Lesser-known but likely equally painful cuts came at Angelica Textile Services, which lost 67 jobs to “permanent closure.” The company does laundry for “hospitals, clinics, and long-term care facilities,” according to its website. The Active Network, a computer outfit that left town after Texas governor Rick Perry came up with $8.6 million of taxpayer money as an “incentive” to move to the Lone Star state, dumped 47 workers, according to the California report.

Smaller layoffs came at Intuit (7) and Trius Therapeutics (6). Antibiotic developer Trius was bought a year ago for $740 million by Lexington, Massachusetts–based Cubist Pharmaceuticals. “Trius is an excellent strategic fit, and its lead product candidate, tedizolid phosphate, has the potential to be an important new treatment in the fight against resistant infections,” said a Cubist news release at the time.

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The good news is that the low wage no benefit retailers are hiring for the season.

Oct. 1, 2014

UPS is hiring LOTS of seasonal people, too. They were caught off guard last year by the huge increase in shipments.

Oct. 1, 2014

AlexClarke, there are those who would gladly take a little bit of something over a whole lot of nothing. Obviously, you must be one of those who don't need any help. Good for you.

Oct. 1, 2014

I wonder what would happen if Sacramento decided to stop punishing businesses and instead implemented tax and regulatory policies aimed at encouraging job growth, economic activity, and an overall friendly business environment.

We should have a government that's a symbiotic, not a greedy parasite.

Oct. 2, 2014

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