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May Tech Job Cuts Up Sharply

We got the May job cut numbers from Challenger, Gray & Christmas, and the welcome trend of lowering job cuts continues overall. Unfortunately, the tech sector bucked the trend, more than doubling announced layoffs compared to April.
Sector January February March April May
Electronics 11,050 11,065 11,500 6,608 1,423
Computer 22,330 3,960 5,290 1,702 15,384
Telecom 13,056 5,666 250 262 812
Total 46,436 20,691 17,040 8,572 17,619
Compared to April, the announced job cuts in the high tech in May were up about 106%, or more than double. What really drove the increase was the computer sector, where job cuts rocked up nine-fold. There were a number of companies that found themselves announcing additional job cuts last month, including Applied Materials (300) and Dell (260), but some of the big hits came from HP (6,400) and Medtronic (1,800). We're not counting the 3,000 laid off at Microsoft because the company had already announced them.

If anything, the jump shows that high tech is still running scared and reacting to poor earnings, so looking for a rebound in the near future seems unrealistic. More to the point, many companies seem to be leaving the door open to additional layoffs.

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