Layoffs in Texas Now Surge Exponentially For 2024

Layoffs in Texas now surge exponentially for 2024 according to a new report released by Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas has revealed that the number of layoffs in Texas during the first five months of 2024 has hit a total of 36,772.

Last year-to-date, those numbers were only 26,161.

Andrew Challenger, the firm’s vice president, offered insights into the driving forces behind these job cuts.

“Employers across the board are citing vague reasons for cutting jobs, but we know artificial intelligence and the disruption that follows is the cause, at least in part, for many companies’ plans.

The disruption is impossible to refute.

That said, other economic factors are also at play in many of these announcements,” he stated.

Texas job cuts have surged in 2024, with WARN layoffs reaching up to 16,592 across a total of 86 businesses, per WARN tracker.

Below is a list of businesses laying off in Texas in the coming weeks to months:

  • Unleashed Brands (Towson). 48 job cuts by 5/21.
  • Walmart (Carrollton). 206 job cuts by 8/9.
  • Walmart (Dallas). 1,266 job cuts by 8/9.
  • VSPOne. 14 job cuts by 7/18.
  • Rarefied Atmosphere, Inc. 106 job cuts by 7/12.
  • Arkane Studios, LLC. 96 job cuts by 7/6.
  • Select Specialty Hospital Longview-Select Medical Corporation. 94 job cuts by 6/30.
  • Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation-Home Health. 81 job cuts by 6/30.
  • Goldstar Transit. 500 job cuts on 6/1.
  • Kohl’s Corporation. 93 job cuts by 6/14.
  • Expedia. 84 job cuts by 6/21.

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Applications for unemployment benefits now surge to new highs, a sign that the white-hot labor market is starting to cool off.

First-time applications for unemployment benefits rose last week to 231,000, the highest level since August, per CNN.

Thursday’s data also showed that the number of continuing claims, or applications from people who have filed for unemployment for at least one week, was 1.78 million.

That’s an increase of 17,000 from the prior week, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The latest numbers come less than a week after the monthly jobs report showed the US economy added just 175,000 positions in April, less than economists expected and a steep drop-off from prior months.

US employers have now added an average of 245,500 jobs per month, versus 2023’s 251,000-per-month average.

Still, hiring remains strong. Although the unemployment rate ticked up to 3.9% last month, it’s the 27th consecutive month that the jobless rate has held under 4%, matching a streak last seen in the late 1960s.

Weekly jobless claims data tends to be volatile but, while one week’s worth of data “does not a trend make,” said Chris Rupkey, chief economist at Fwdbonds.

“We can no longer be sure that calm seas lie ahead for the US economy if today’s weekly jobless claims are any indication.”

Company layoffs are picking up, hinting at caution on the part of companies as they weigh the outlook for the second half of the year,” he wrote in a note Thursday.

The Federal Reserve has been battling inflation by raising its key lending rate in the hopes of slowing the economy.

While the labor market has so far resisted those efforts, remaining white hot for the past 18 months despite 11 rate hikes from the central bank, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said last week that demand has “cooled from its extremely high level of a couple of years ago.”

Ian Shepherdson at Pantheon Economics said in a note Thursday: “We’d need to see at least a month of elevated readings to convince us that the trend really has turned.”

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