The number of planned layoffs at U.S. firms dipped by less than 1 percent in November, with the retail sector seeing the greatest number of job losses, a report on Thursday showed.
Employers announced 45,314 layoffs last month, down from 45,730 in October, according to the report from consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas.
The November figure fell 21 percent from a year earlier, when planned layoffs totaled 57,081, and marked the second month in a row that announced workforce reductions dropped year over year.
For 2013 so far, employers have announced 478,428 cuts, down 2.5 percent from the 490,806 seen in the first 11 months of last year. For all of 2012, planned layoffs totaled 523,362.
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