Over the past six months or so, Wall Street has laid off a whole bunch of people. Unfortunately, having a job at this very moment does not mean you will 3 months hence. More cuts are a' coming and according to Rochdale analyst Dick Bové, a lot more. What kind of numbers is he talking about? Let's see. Morgan Stanley said yesterday that come 2012, 1,600 employees will be relieved of their responsibilities to the firm. Citi is getting rid of 4,000. RBS will be letting a buch of staff go, too, though the Brits have not said how many. Let's assume a few other firms will add a couple thousand bodies to the count. How many did you get? 'Cause after carrying the one, Bové estimates "at least another 150,000 will be fired in 2012," and while no, he won't show his work, he will tell you this: the government is loving this.
Job Losses [PDF]