US jobs outlook starts to pick up

The number of planned layoffs at US firms in May was almost unchanged from April, when they touched a four-year low, suggesting employers have more upbeat outlooks, according to yesterday’s report from recruitment firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Employers announced 38,810 job cuts in the month, slightly more than the 38,326 unveiled in April. The May job cut figure was down 65 per cent from layoffs a year ago of 111,182.