July 6, 2011
Forget new job formation. According to the just released Challenger jobs report, job destruction is starting to be an issue again, after the June report disclosed that “the number of planned job cuts announced by U.S.-based employers increased by 4,297 or 11.6 percent to 41,432 in June. The June increase is the second in as many months. Announced layoffs in May were up 2.0 percent to 37,135, after falling to a four-month low of 36,490 in April. The two consecutive months of increased job cuts did little to impact the overall slow pace of downsizing. For the quarter ending on June 30, a total of 115,057 job cuts were announced, down 12 percent from 130,749 in the first quarter and 1.2 percent lower than the second quarter in 2010 (116,494).” The worry is that after troughing in April we are now back to March levels, and just off from 2011 highs reached in February. The states with the biggest YTD layoffs by location are California: 35,114; District of Columbia: 15,771; New Jersey: 13,182; Florida: 13,006 and Texas: 12,165. The largest job cuts in June were not surprisingly in the government sector at 10,176, followed by health care, food, aerospace/defense and entertainment/leisure. Only 7 people were said to be expected to be fired in Real Estate. Overall, an ominous sign ahead of the ADP and the NFP later in the week.