"According to a report by outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, September saw a 43 percent increase from the previous month in terms of job cuts. And cuts were 93 percent higher than the 30,477 planned layoffs announced the same month a year ago.
"And keeping pay and bonus percentages constant has been made possible only through cost-saving layoffs. U.S.-based energy firms announced 60,500 job cuts in the first six months of 2015, compared with fewer than 4,000 in the same period last year, according to job placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas."
"The energy industry cut 20,193 jobs last month, says outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. Some 18% of North American oil and gas companies plan to freeze or cut pay in the near future, and 32% of them plan to ease up on efforts to poach talent from rivals, according to a recent survey by consulting firm Mercer LLC."
It's not cause for panic. The increase in job cut numbers is primarily due to a large announcement by one tech company.
"Since 2009, the pharmaceutical industry has announced more than 156,000 job cuts in the U.S. alone, according to Challenger Gray & Christmas, a company that big firms hire when they're laying off employees, to help them find new jobs."
After climbing to a three-year high in 2012, planned job cuts announced by firms in the technology sector declined by 32 percent in 2013 as employers focused on hiring in several growing areas, including big data, cloud computing and security, according to a semi-annual report on tech layoffs released Monday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.