Illinois to Shed 1,374 Jobs By September: Report

Whole Foods is among nine companies planning to cut jobs because of closures and reorganizations

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    While the U.S. economy struggles to add jobs, Illinois is battling to keep some of them.

    Whole Foods Market is among nine companies losing a total of 1,374 jobs in the next two months, according to Crain's Chicago Business. A monthly report from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity shows Whole Foods will let go 84 employees when it closes its Palatine location.

    The rest of the job cuts are a result of closures and reorganizations, the report states. Crain's points out that Decatur logistics firm G&D Integrated plans to lay-off the highest number -- 535 -- after it lost a contract with Caterpillar Inc.

    Waste Management Inc. plans to eliminate 122 jobs when it relocates its Lombard plant, and Stockyards Packaging Company Inc. in Chicago will let go of 95 when it closes, according to the report.

    The outlook seemingly is similarly bleak across the country.

    New numbers released Friday by the U.S. Labor Department show only 80,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June. The numbers are well below expectations.