Layoffs Are Up Nearly Fivefold So Far This Year With Tech Companies Leading The Way

  • According to Challenger, Gray and Christmas, layoffs during the period totaled 89,703, up 15 percent from February.
  • Job cuts rise to 270,416 in 2023, a 396 percent year-over-year increase.
  • The hardest hit was the tech sector, which announced 102,391 layoffs by 2023. That’s a staggering 38,487 percent increase from last year.

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Companies announced nearly 90,000 job cuts in March, a sharp increase from the previous month and the sharpest increase from a year ago, employment agency Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported Thursday.

It is planned to lay off 89,703 people for this period, which is 15% more than in February. Since the beginning of the year, the number of missing persons has risen to 270,416, a 396 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

The damage is particularly severe in the technology sector, which has announced 102,391 job cuts in 2023 since the beginning of the year. This is an impressive 38,487% increase from last year and equates to 38% of job seekers. According to the report, the technology has lost more than 5% in 2022 and It is on the verge of 2001, the worst year in the history of the dotcom crash.

“We know the business is getting closer to 2023,” said Andrew Challenger, senior vice president of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. “Given the continued rise in interest rates and the dominance of business costs, the sharp declines we are seeing are likely to continue.”

The new data indicated an overly optimistic jobs outlook ahead of Friday’s report.

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In other jobs news, jobless claims came in at 228,000 for the week ended Thursday, April 1, beating the Dow Jones estimate of 200,000, the Labor Department said. The number of pending claims reached 1.823 million, the highest level since December 2021.

According to the department’s comparative studies, the number of inquiries has exceeded 200,000 for almost the entire period from the end of October 2022.

Financial firms announced the second largest job cuts this year, with 30,635 cuts, a 419% increase from the first quarter of 2022. Healthcare and retail followed.

Meanwhile, projected hiring fell to 9,044 in March, the worst month since 2015. The annual hiring rate is forecast to be the lowest quarterly rate since 2016.

While market and economic conditions are the main reason for layoffs, cost reductions are the second most frequently cited reason.

The challenger report comes a day before the Labor Department calculates nonfarm payrolls. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected a job gain of 238,000 in March, the lowest since January 2020.

Along with high levels of layoffs, job opportunities are shrinking.

Job openings fell below 10 million in February for the first time since May 2021, Labor Department data showed on Tuesday, indicating some weakness in the labor market. Employment fell by 164,000, even with layoffs and layoffs of 215,000.

Overall, there are approximately 1.7 vacancies per employee.

The Federal Reserve is targeting an extremely tight labor market as it grapples with inflation that remains near a 40-year high. Last year, the Fed raised interest rates by 4.75 percent in an effort to dampen demand due to rising inflation.

Markets expect the Fed to raise interest rates and start cutting rates later this year, according to CME Group’s FedWatch tool, which tracks market rates.

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