posted on 06 October 2016
from Challenger Gray and Christmas
Monthly job cuts increased to close out the third quarter, as employers announced plans to shed 44,324 workers from the payrolls in September.
Last month's total was 38 percent higher than August, when announcements fell to 32,188, the second lowest total of the year behind May's 30,157.
While September job cuts were up from the previous month, they were 25 percent lower than the 58,877 planned layoffs announced in September 2015.
Despite the September increase, the third quarter saw an overall decline in the third quarter. Employers announced 121,858 job cuts during the three-month period ending September 30. That was down 8 percent from the second quarter (132,834) and 41 percent lower than the 205,759 job cuts announced in the third quarter of 2015.
So far this year, employers have announced a total of 435,612 planned job cuts, which is 12 percent fewer than the 493,431 job cuts reported through nine months of 2015. Said John Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
The September increase was led by the education sector, where job cuts increased by 363 percent to 8,671. The bulk of the job cuts came from the collapse of for-profit college ITT Technical Institute, which led to 8,000 job losses.
The computer industry continued to see heavy job cutting in September, announcing another 4,152 job cuts during the month. That brings the annual job-cut total for the sector to 59,719, which is second only to the energy sector, which has announced 98,733 job cuts, to date.
Meanwhile, the retail sector, which announced 7,296 job cuts in September, ranks third in year-to-date job cuts with 51,939 planned layoffs through three quarters. However, those losses will be more than offset by seasonal hiring that has already seen nearly 230,000 new jobs announced. Challenger concluded:
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