Public Sector Dominating Job Cuts

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Government agencies still are downsizing but a Chicago research firm reports that overall, employers are cutting fewer jobs.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the latest report from Challenger, Gray and Christmas finds that this month, government sector job cuts rose to their highest level in 12 months.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

Still, the pace of downsizing dropped 39 percent from a year ago.

From January through March of this year, employers cut more than 130,000 jobs, 28 percent lower than last year and the lowest first-quarter count since 1995.

The public sector dominated the monthly job cuts, accounting for almost half of March layoffs.

Governments and non-profit agencies slashed 19,000 jobs this month –17 percent more than in February, but significantly down from the 50,000 job cuts last year at this time.

  • tom Sharp

    Who wants to bet that almost all of those layoffs were for lower paid workers who did something useful like those who helped the poor, sick, elderly, not upper level administrators, managers, lawyers, and certainly not politically connected do-nothing bosses.

    • knappydawg

      Oh Sharp Tom, surely you jest, Ye Of Little Faith!!

    • Jim

      It’s sad but that is probably true. There are probably at least 2 MGR’s for every employee that actually does work! Corruption is expensive!

  • knappydawg

    Hey, looks like OBomba in the front of that welfare line, gotta love it, come on 2012!!

  • franklin808

    This is why we need higher taxes. We need to protect government jobs so that government employees can spend their incomes and this is what creates more jobs. It is simple economics.

  • Greg Harsin

    Did you know that there are already social networks for jobseekers: seems to be brandnew …


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