45,000 People Liberated From Jobs in January

Posted by on Feb 06, 2014 at 10:31 am

The New York Times tells us this is a good thing, so there you have it–45,000 workers liberated from their jobs.

A wave of retail job cuts in January — above and beyond the normal post Christmas seasonal departures — put retail at the top of the list of companies reporting layoffs.

After falling to a 13-year low in December, monthly job cuts increased 50 percent from December in January to 45,107 jobs, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Retailer job cuts of 11,394 in January represented a 71 percent increase from the same month last year. Plano-based J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sam’s Club, Sears, Best Buy and Target are among the companies so far saying they will cut jobs either at corporate or because of store closings. Penney said last month that it will close 33 stores, none in Texas.

Some retailers will be reporting January and fiscal fourth-quarter sales today, so there may be more announcements. Retail is going through a structural change that may require fewer stores for many companies.

Nancy Pelosi applauded the 45,000 for escaping their jobs. Meanwhile, profit at the New York Times dropped steeply, so expect some employees there to soon be liberated from their jobs.

One Response to “45,000 People Liberated From Jobs in January”

  1. Samaritan01 on 6/06/14 at 1:55 pm

    45,000 people have lost their jobs!!!! THAT IS WONDERFUL!!

    When will this wonderful employment miracle help us with our White House personnel??

    After all what’s good for the goose……so let’s spread the good news around.