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Challenger Job-Cut Report
Released On 1/5/2012 7:30:00 AM For Dec, 2011
PriorActual
Announced Layoffs - Level42,474 41,785 

Highlights
Layoff announcements totaled 41,785 in December, right in trend of the last three months. The financial sector, after three quiet months, shows the heaviest total of layoff announcements in December followed closely by industrial goods with health care a distant third. Government, where layoffs were very heavy in 2011, is down the list at seven.

Definition
This monthly report counts and categorizes announcements of corporate layoffs based on mass layoff data from state departments of labor. The job-cut report must be analyzed with caution. It doesn't distinguish between layoffs scheduled for the short-term or the long term, or whether job cuts are handled through attrition or actual layoffs. Also, the job-cut report does not include jobs eliminated in small batches over a longer time period. Unlike most economic data, this series is not adjusted for seasonal variation.  Why Investors Care
 
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The Challenger Job-Cut Report could serve as a leading indicator for new jobless claims. However, not all layoff announcements result in near term job losses. For instance, companies often announce layoffs that will result in job losses but not immediately. Companies would simply not replace workers who quit voluntarily.
Data Source: Haver Analytics
 

 

2012 Release Schedule
Released On: 1/52/23/84/55/35/317/58/29/610/411/112/6
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