BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Happy New Year, we're letting you go.With companies including Northrop Grumman ( NOC), Yahoo ( YHOO), Sunoco ( SUN) and TJX ( TJX) planning cutbacks in the first quarter and some layoffs already begun, employers and the outplacement agencies that help them downsize are welcoming the post-recession return of the post-holiday layoff. Between 2003 and 2007, the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of layoffs in January outpaced December layoffs every year but 2006. January and first-quarter layoff postponements were also popular during the decade before the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to BLS data.
|Employers and the outplacement agencies that help them downsize are welcoming the post-recession return of the post-holiday layoff.|
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