Challenger, Gray and Christmas’ count of layoff announcement totals 30,477 in September which is the lowest since all the way back in June 2000.
The total compares with 40,010 in August and 40,289 in September last year.
The total for the third quarter is 117,374, down slightly from 124,693 in the second quarter and down from 128,452 in the third quarter of last year. The drop in Challenger's count for September is dramatic, but the decline for the trend is less so, yet the trend is in line with incremental improvement underway in jobless claims.
Employers planned to cut 30.477 jobs in the month, down from a little over 40,000 planned layoffs a month earlier. Heading into the fourth quarter, 2014 is now on track to have the lowest number of planned job cuts since 1997.
Layoffs in the entertainment industry contributed heavily to the number of job losses.
"There have been a couple of bumps in the road for the economy lately, which caused consumer confidence to drop in its latest reading. However, as this report shows, the recent hiccups have not resulted in widespread layoffs. Job security is being helped by the fact that corporate profits remain near record highs. So, we may see some ebb and flow in the rate of hiring, but employers, at this point, are reluctant to make any over-correction in workforce levels," John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, said in a statement.
The computer sector continues to lead all industries in terms of year-to-date job cuts. Employers in the that industry have announced 49,002 job cuts so far this year, nearly double the 27,892 computer-sector job cuts in the first nine months of 2013.