The number of planned payroll cuts for last month was down 15 percent from 46,887 in July, which was the second-highest level of the year.
Through Aug. 31, planned job cuts totaled 332,931 this year, down 4 percent from the 347,095 cuts announced between January and August 2013.
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Once again, job cuts were heaviest in technology, where Cisco Systems announced plans to reduce its payroll by 6,000 jobs following weak quarterly sales numbers. The networking equipment maker joins Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Intel in announcing large layoffs this year.