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Survey: Job Cuts Returning to Normal


 CHICAGO (AP) - The Challenger, Gray and Christmas job cuts
survey finds employers cutting way back on layoffs.
     The outplacement firm says layoffs last month were up about five
percent from August, but CEO John Challenger says that was a
20-month low. And he says there was "a big drop from last year,"
noting that layoffs in September were down 71 percent from a year
ago.
     For the third quarter, layoffs were the fewest for any quarter
during the past 12 years. And year-to-date job cuts are at a
15-year low. Challenger says, "You have to go back to 1997 to find
fewer job cuts announced in the first nine months of the year."
     But he says while layoffs are back to pre-recession levels,
hiring remains very sluggish. So it's good if you have a job, but
still tough if you don't.
 



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