Planned job cuts in Florida increased by 8 percent in February over a year ago, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Thursday.

Job cuts that were announced by employers totaled 1,486 in February compared with 1,384 in the same month in 2013.

Still, year-to-date job cuts are down substantially.

During the first two months of the year there were 2,308 job cuts in Florida. In February 2013, there were 4,278 announced layoffs.

South Florida's announced layoffs included 745 employees at Digital Risk in Boca Raton and Maitland,  96 at the Boca Raton Bridge Hotel, 63 at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 200 at Cox Communications’ call centers in Miami, and 138 at CTI Resource Management Services in Miami Beach.

Most of the layoffs were due to economic conditions or restructuring; the Hilton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel is closing.

Nationwide, February job cuts were down 24 percent from the same month a year ago, when there were 55,356 job cuts.

The 41,835 cuts in February was the lowest February total since 2000.

During the first two months of 2014, employers announced 86,942 planned job cuts, which is 9.2 percent fewer than the 95,786 tracked in January and February of 2013.

"While some of the cuts in the financial sector were related to cutbacks in mortgage lending operations, a large portion of the banking workforce reductions in February were due to the ongoing shift away from branch banking toward increased mobile banking," said John Challenger, chief executive of the outplacement firm based in Chicago.