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Do you need to strengthen your finances after unexpectedly being laid off from work? That can be a serious problem that will take a lot of effort to overcome. According to an article published on CNBC.com, there was a surge in layoffs during the first month of 2016. This was said to be the highest level since July of 2015. The article revealed that there were 75,114 job cuts planned by US based companies. This is 200% more than December. It is 42% higher compared to the same month last year. Among the various sectors that announced their plans to layoff workers, the biggest percentage came from retailers. Although this sector gained almost 8% thanks to the holiday sales, they still laid off more than 22,000 positions. Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the global outplacement firm that conducted the study, also revealed that the shift to online shopping prompted a lot of retailers to cut back on their manpower investments. Being unemployedat a time when you are financially weak is not the best position to be in. With the unstable stock market and the predictions of an impending economic crash, being financially stressed is a common occurrence among the unemployed. If you think about it, the reason to lay off workers is reliant on a lot of things. 10 years ago, you would not think that online shopping will cause a lot of people to lose their jobs. After all, why would you retain so much manpower when the online store do not really need a lot of workers to function? It seems like the digital age is rendering some careers insignificant and this is causing a lot of layoffs all over the country.