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Economy in Brief
Texas Factory Sector Activity Remains Strong
The Dallas Fed indicated in its Texas Manufacturing Outlook Survey that the General Business Activity Index eased during March...
EMU Money and Credit Growth Are Less Than Impressive Than Euro-PMIs
EMU nominal money supply growth is slightly higher over three months, but credit growth in the EMU is slower...
Durable Goods Orders Strengthened by Another Jump in Aircraft
New orders for durable goods rose 1.7% (5.0% y/y) during February...
Correction to Unemployment Insurance Weekly Claims
The Department of Labor has issued a correction to yesterday's annual revision to seasonally adjusted weekly unemployment claims...
EMU PMIs Are Off to the Races...Farewell Mediocrity?
The PMI rankings for the manufacturing and service sector PMIs in the EMU are suddenly off the chart...
U.S. New Home Sales Improve While Prices Decline
Sales of new single-family homes increased 6.1% (12.8% y/y) during February to 592,000 units (AR)...
by Tom Moeller June 2, 2016
The outplacement firm of Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported that job cut announcements during May fell sharply to 30,157 (-26.5% y/y) following April's increase to 64,141, revised down from 65,141. It was the lowest layoff level since December. Layoffs declined in the aerospace/defense, automotive, chemical, commodities, computer, consumer products, energy, entertainment/leisure, financial, government/nonprofit, industrial goods, retail and telecommunication industries. Layoffs increased in the apparel, construction, education, electronics, food, health care, insurance, media, pharmaceutical, services and transportation industries. During the last ten years, there has been a 68% correlation between the level of job cut announcements and the m/m change in payroll employment.
Challenger also samples firms' hiring plans. Hiring strengthened 24,732, and nearly doubled y/y, after rising 11,557 in April. It rose in the chemical, computer, education, food, insurance, media, retail and telecommunications industries. Hiring fell in the aerospace/defense, automotive, construction, consumer products, electronics, energy, entertainment/leisure, financial, government/nonprofit, pharmaceutical industries.
The Challenger figures are available in Haver's SURVEYS database.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas
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Announced Job Cuts
Announced Hiring Plans