‘Just The Beginning’? US Layoffs Double In September To 116,000

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Nearly 90,000 new service sector jobs were added in September, but the number of planned layoffs nearly doubled from August, according to a monthly jobs survey released Wednesday.

The latest report from consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas showed U.S. employers announced 116,000 cuts last month — more than double the 51,000 cuts made in August.

CEO John Challenger told KNX 1070 the data points to an even gloomier end to an already brutal year for the jobs market.

“There’s concern that the layoffs are growing,” said Challenger. “The government, the military has announced 50,000 job cuts and that’s a real concern because it may be just the beginning of what’s to come in that sector.”

September’s layoff totals marked the highest number since April of 2009, when 132,500 layoffs were announced.

The grim outlook comes as another report from ADP showed small business hiring added 15,000 more jobs than economists expected — a development Challenger said the nation needs to see more of in coming months.

“It’s good news…91,000 is certainly nothing to sneeze at,” he said.

“It’s not going to drive unemployment down,” Challenger added. “We need [to add] about 150,000 jobs a month to really make a dent there, but at least it’s better than what we saw last month.”

Challenger predicted even more layoffs in the fall for several sectors across the economy, including government, banking and finance.


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