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Retail cuts in Vegas occur

New labor statistics from Challenger, Gray, and Christmas show that retail cuts in Vegas occurred in December.

Employers at U.S.-based companies announced plans to cut 43,884 workers from their payrolls during the month, the year-to-date total is nearly 29 percent higher than last year and the highest total since 2015, according to a report by global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

In 2018, 538,659 job cuts were announced, 28.6 percent higher than the 418,770 announced in 2017. This is the highest annual total since 598,510 cuts were recorded in 2015, and the second-highest total since 2011, when 606,082 cuts were announced.

During the final quarter of the year, employers announced 172,601 job cuts, 42.8 percent higher than the 120,879 recorded in the third quarter and 77.4 percent higher than the 97,292 announced in the same quarter last year. This is the highest quarterly total since the first quarter of 2016, when 180,920 cuts were announced (see Table 5).

Last month’s job cut total is 17.3 percent lower than the 53,073 cuts announced in November and 35.3 percent higher than the 32,423 cuts announced in the same month last year.

Through December, retailers announced 98,563 cuts, 29.5 percent higher than the 76,084 announced last year. Retail cuts comprise 18.3 percent of all announced cuts this year.

Retailers began closing stores en masse in 2017, leading to large-scale layoff announcements through the end of this year. Challenger tracked 3,886 announced store closures from Retailers in 2018, after 9,801 announced closures in 2017.

Major job cut announcements in Retail came from Toys“R”Us, which closed its doors in March. Challenger tracked 30,000 cuts at that time due to the company’s bankruptcy. Meanwhile, Sears has been steadily cutting jobs and closing stores. Using WARN reports and local news stories, Challenger tracked 10,016 planned cuts at Sears and Kmart stores this year.