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May CEO Report: 10 Percent More CEOs Out Over 2013

The pace of turnover among the nation’s chief executive officers was virtually unchanged in May, as 98 CEOs announced their departures during the month, according to a report issued Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The May total was up 4.3 percent from the 94 CEO departures recorded in April. It was down 5.8 percent from the 104 CEO changes announced the same month a year ago.

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52,961 May Job Cuts, Mostly From HP Announcement

Job cuts climbed to the highest level in more than a year, as US-based employers announced plans to reduce payrolls by 52,961 in May, according to the report Thursday from global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

May job cuts were up 31 percent from 40,298 announced layoffs in April.  It was the second consecutive increase in monthly job cuts and the largest one-month total since February 2013, when 55,356 job cuts were recorded.

Last month’s total was 46 percent higher than the 36,398 job cuts announced in May 2013.

Read the full report here.

Employers Checking Your Social Media, But Will It Hurt Your Chances?

For this year’s crop of college graduates, the use of social media is second nature.  However, will these grads’ comfort with sharing their lives on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram come back to haunt them as they search for their first job?  Not necessarily, according to one new survey.

In a poll of 100 human resources executives, 60 percent confirmed that they either always or sometimes check candidates’ social media activity, but only 6 percent said that activity has a significant impact on their hiring decision.

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CEO Departures Slow in April, But More Due to Oustings, Bad Leadership

On the heels of Target’s May 5th announcement that chief executive officer Gregg Steinhafel will resign following a major data breach that left thousands of credit card numbers vulnerable, global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. reported 94 CEOs left their posts in April.

The April total was down 24 percent from the 123 CEO departures recorded in March and matched the number of CEO exits during the same month a year ago.

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Job Cuts Rise 17 Percent in April to 40,298

Job cut announcements by U.S.-based firms were up 17 percent in April, as employers in retail and financial services continued to shed workers in a challenging business environment.

Employers announced plans to shed 40,298 workers from their payrolls in April, according to the monthly report released Thursday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  That was up from 34,399 in March and 6.0 percent higher than the 38,121 job cuts recorded in the same month a year ago.

Read the full report here.