So, R was laid off yesterday. Apparently, his (former) company had a reduction in workforce by about 12%. Luckily, he was given a small severance and will be able to apply for unemployement. Also, he sent out a tweet as he was leaving and he's received many calls from friends and former co-workers offering help and pointing him in the direction of other job opportunities. R is very personable and has a great network.
Keeping our fingers crossed.