Downsizing activity remained relatively flat in September as US-based employers announced plans to cut 33,816 jobs from their payrolls during the month. That was up 4.9 percent from a 20-month low of 32,239 job cuts in August, according to the latest report released Thursday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Last month’s total was 71 percent lower than a year ago, when planned job cuts unexpectedly surged to a 29-month high of 115,730. It was, in fact, the lowest September total since 1997 when only 20,698 were announced.
September brings to an end one of the slowest job-cut quarters in over a decade. Employers announced 102,910 job cuts in the third quarter, down 27 percent from the previous quarter (139,997), and 56 percent lower than the third quarter of 2011 (233,258). It was the lowest quarterly total since the second quarter of 2000, when planned layoffs numbered 81,568.