What should I write on new employment application in place of being fired?
You can say "I was laid off" or "let go". However, they might fail to hire you if they realize that you lied. Most of the companies contact your former employer and they might discover that you got fired. So the best thing is to say the truth.
laid off or let go and you can add due to the economy which makes it sound like it wasn't your fault haha
you write "the truth!" ...and explain why. in my life, lying has hurt me a whole lot more than telling the truth! my very best wishes...;-)