WASHINGTON - There were 36,855 layoff intentions announced in July, down from 37,551 in June and from the 66,414 job cuts announced in July 2011, job placement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, Inc. said in a report released Thursday. The data are not seasonally adjusted.

Layoffs in July were led by the financial and healthcare sectors. Challenger noted that Morgan Stanley and Citigroup cut their payrolls in July, and combined have cut over 5,500 workers since the start of the year.

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