Industrial services enterprises have seen their share of layoffs this year.
According to The Associated Press, nearly 5,500 jobs have been lost at industrial services businesses in the last three months, with more than a quarter of those in the United States.
According, AP, the number of layoffs at industrial sorting services has jumped by 1,800 jobs since April, and more than 2,000 jobs have gone since July.
The AP also reported that a third of the companies in the industrial services industry have cut more than 5,000 workers since April.
The Associated News said that the number in the first half of 2019 had risen to 4,200.
The latest downturn comes as a big drop in the national employment numbers continues.
The Labor Department’s jobs report showed that the unemployment rate stood at 4.6% in September, which was down from the 6.4% rate in August.
The unemployment rate for the overall workforce rose to 4.3% in the September jobs report.
That is down from 5.6%, the Labor Department reported earlier this month.
The unemployment rate is a measure of the proportion of the workforce that is either actively looking for work or looking for part-time work.