posted on 02 June 2016
from Challenger Gray and Christmas
The number of job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers fell sharply in May, with a total of 30,157 planned workforce reductions recorded during the month.
The May total was 53 percent lower than the 64,141 job cuts announced in April. It represents the lowest monthly total since last December, when 23,622 job cuts were recorded.
Last month saw 27 percent fewer cuts than the same month a year ago, when employers reported plans to shed 41,034 workers from their payrolls.
To date, employers have announced 275,218* job cuts in 2016, 13 percent more than the 242,830 job cuts announced during the first five months of 2015.
Once again, monthly job cuts were led by the energy sector, though the May total was significantly lower than previous months. Firms in the sector announced another 7,572 layoffs in May, 60 percent fewer than the 18,759 cuts in April.
Energy firms have now announced 75,232 job cuts in 2016, 25 percent more than the 60,210 cuts announced in the sector from January through April a year ago. John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas stated:
Most industries saw job cuts decline in May. Among the most significant declines was in the computer industry, where job cuts plunged 83 percent from 17,015 in April to 2,836 in May.
Job cuts in the financial sector fell 68 percent to 901 announced job cuts in May, after reaching a four-month high of 2,847 in April. Meanwhile, retailers announced 75 percent fewer cuts in May, as layoffs went from 5,145 in April to 1,287, last month. Challenger concludes:
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