State, local layoffs to hit record levels

Tuesday, June 7, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Tami Luhby
CNNMoney.com

Don’t look to state and local governments to prop up the job market.
To the contrary, this cash-strapped sector is set to go on a record-breaking layoff binge when the new fiscal year starts on July 1.
State and local governments are forecast to shed up to 110,000 jobs in the third quarter, the first time the blood-letting has risen into the triple digits, according to IHS Global Insight.
“We’re on a downward path,” said Greg Daco, principal U.S. economist at IHS. “It’s not looking good.”

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