Harpo Studios notifies Illinois of layoff plans

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Harpo Studios has notified the Illinois Department of Employment Security it plans to lay off workers.

CHICAGO (AP) — Harpo Studios has notified the Illinois Department of Employment Security it plans to lay off workers. Employment security’s monthly Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act report was released Wednesday. Crain’s Chicago Business reports Oprah Winfrey’s production company on May 3 filed notice of its intent to lay off an unspecified number of workers beginning May 25. Winfrey ended her show, produced in Chicago, last month. According to Crain’s, a Harpo spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail employees are being notified on a "departmental basis" whether their jobs will be eliminated. Harpo employed about 400 workers last year, after about 50 workers left to join the Los Angeles-based Oprah Winfrey Network. Harpo Studios will be home to Rosie O’Donnell’s latest daytime television effort, which is set to debut this fall on OWN. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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