Originally posted on CBS Miami:

FLORIDA (CBSMiami) – The new year led to new layoff announcements by Florida employers…and they were more numerous than in December.

The trend mimics the rise in nationwide cuts in January, according to new data from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas reported in the South Florida Business Journal.

Florida employers announced 2,892 cuts in January. That’s an increase of over 800% from December, during which 354 jobs were eliminated. Florida lead the Southeast in job cuts, followed by 825 job cuts in North Carolina and 815 in South Carolina.

The job-cut figures are based on public layoff announcements, such the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notices filed with the state of Florida.

In January, announced layoffs in South Florida included 79 workers in West Palm Beach by Cemex.

Nationally, the number of planned job cuts announced in January rose 24 percent to 40,430, from 32,556 cuts in…

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