Yes, myself and many around me here in Michigan (everyone I write about is from this state unless otherwise noted).
At my last job I worked for a clothing retail store that closed it's doors in April (SDD's Mom worked there too - she also is having trouble finding a job). About 100 stores company wide are set to shut down this year alone.
Going back further than the year you requested, just to give you a little backround:
My old grocery store that I worked at for many years (was my first job) is no longer in business as of last year. The stable I worked at before I had DS is losing horses, and as a result is cutting hours dramatically (
I LOVED working there). The shop that DH and I worked at for a short time(and where we met) replaced workers with machines (this was five years ago I believe). Basically, every job I have worked at has gone under or made cuts in some manner. As I was filling out my layoff paperwork for the retail store, the district manager joked I must be the death bringer to companies because of my luck so far. I tried to keep my chin up, but inside it made me feel like sh*t
The private investigation company DH worked at 2 years ago (that provided for us very well) went out of business, and he hasn't been able to find a decent job since. We have been struggling, barely surviving. That is why we are moving accross the country to where jobs are waiting for us. We have had enough with the lack of jobs that can actually support us.
Others I know that have been affected within this last year -
~ My Aunt and Uncle (they are my Mom's siblings) worked for a auto parts manufacturer for roughly close to 20 years each. Both lost their jobs due to job cuts.
~ My other Aunt that lives in North Carolina was an accountant for a construction company for over 25 years. The boss decided to retire rather than keep the company afloat (this happened around christmas). She is "starting over" at age 50.
~ Another Aunt is a teacher, and has noticed a dramatic drop in students this year. Parents were so broke that not enough students signed up for summer school, so it got cancelled, along with the extra money my Aunt needed.
There are more than this list, and it just keeps getting worse.