Mass Layoffs (Monthly) News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Friday, December 21, 2012                        USDL-12-2461

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                             MASS LAYOFFS -- NOVEMBER 2012


Employers took 1,759 mass layoff actions in November involving 173,558 workers as
measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Data are seasonally adjusted.) Each mass
layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer. Mass layoff events increased
by 399 from October, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 42,385.
Mass layoff data for November reflect the impact of Hurricane Sandy on workers in
New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In November, 413 mass layoff events were reported
in the manufacturing sector resulting in 49,169 initial claims. Monthly mass layoff data
are identified using administrative data sources without regard to layoff duration. (See
table 1 and the note at the end of this release.)


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   |                                  Hurricane Sandy                                |
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   |Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Northeast coast on October 29th, causing    |
   |severe damage in some states. Data for November are the first from the Mass      |
   |Layoffs Statistics (MLS) program to reflect mass layoffs associated with the     |
   |storm. Additional information on the storm's impact on MLS data will be available|
   |in the Extended Mass Layoffs news release for the Fourth Quarter 2012, scheduled |
   |to be released on Thursday, February 14, 2013.                                   |
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The national unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in November, down from 7.9 percent the prior
month and from 8.7 percent a year earlier. Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by
146,000 over the month and by 1,889,000 over the year.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The number of mass layoff events in November was 2,339, not seasonally adjusted, resulting
in 249,949 initial claims for unemployment insurance. (See table 2.) Over the year, the
number of average weekly mass layoff events for November increased by 120 to 468, and
associated average weekly initial claims increased by 18,052 to 49,990. Sixteen of the 19
major industry sectors in the private economy reported over-the-year increases in average
weekly initial claims, with the largest increase occurring in manufacturing. (See table 3.)
Five of the 19 sectors reached a November program high in terms of both average weekly
layoff events and initial claims: mining; transportation and warehousing; educational
services; health care and social assistance; and accommodation and food services. The
six-digit industry with the largest number of private nonfarm initial claims due to mass
layoffs was highway, street, and bridge construction. (See table A.)

In November, the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent of mass layoff events and
30 percent of associated initial claims in the private economy. Within manufacturing, the
numbers of mass layoff claimants were highest in food and in machinery. Fifteen of the 21
manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly initial
claims. (See table 3.)


Table A. Six-digit NAICS industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims
in November 2012, private nonfarm, not seasonally adjusted

                 Industry                                              November peak
                                                  Initial Claims     Year  Initial claims
                                                                                         
Highway, street, and bridge construction ..           15,458         2012      15,458
Temporary help services (1) ...............           14,456         2000      19,023
School and employee bus transportation ....           13,998         2012      13,998
Casino hotels .............................           11,901         2012      11,901
Food service contractors ..................           11,200         2012      11,200
Commercial bakeries .......................            8,562         2012       8,562
Construction machinery manufacturing ......            4,620         2012       4,620
Professional employer organizations (1) ...            3,165         2008       5,873
Motion picture and video production .......            2,908         2000       8,664
Landscaping services ......................            2,865         2012       2,865
                                                                                         
   1 See the Technical Note for more information on these industries.


Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Among the census regions, the Northeast, where Hurricane Sandy had the greatest impact,
registered the largest number of initial claims due to mass layoffs in November. All four
regions experienced over-the-year increases in average weekly initial claims, with the
Northeast increasing to 16,898, a program high for that area for any month. (See table 4.)

Among the states, California recorded the highest number of mass layoff initial claims in 
November, followed by New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Thirty-seven states experienced
over-the-year increases in average weekly initial claims, led by New Jersey and New York.
Four states reached a November program high in terms of both average weekly layoff events
and initial claims: Alaska, Maine, New Jersey, and New York. (See table 4.)

Note

The monthly data series in this release cover mass layoffs of 50 or more workers beginning in
a given month, regardless of the duration of the layoffs. For private nonfarm establishments,
information on the length of the layoff is obtained later and issued in a quarterly release
that reports on mass layoffs lasting more than 30 days (referred to as "extended mass layoffs").
The quarterly release provides more information on the industry classification and location of
the establishment and on the demographics of the laid-off workers. The monthly data series in
this release are subjected to average weekly analysis, which mitigates the effect of differing
lengths of months. See the Technical Note for more detailed definitions and for a description
of average weekly analysis.

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The Mass Layoffs news release for December 2012 and Annual Totals for 2012 is scheduled to be
released on Friday, January 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. (EST).


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   |                   Revision of Seasonally Adjusted Mass Layoff Data               |
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   |In accordance with usual practice, the release of mass layoff data for December   |
   |2012, scheduled for January 25, 2013, will incorporate annual updating of seasonal|
   |adjustment factors. Seasonally adjusted estimates back to January 2008 are subject|
   |to revision.                                                                      |
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Technical Note


   The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program is a federal-state program
that uses a standardized automated approach to identifying, describing,
and tracking the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each
state's unemployment insurance database. Each month, states report on
employers which have at least 50 initial claims filed against them during
a consecutive 5-week period. These employers then are contacted by the
state agency to determine whether these separations lasted 31 days or
longer, and, if so, other information concerning the layoff is collected.
States report on layoffs lasting more than 1 month on a quarterly basis.

   The monthly data present preliminary mass layoff activity in the 
reference month and are not revised in subsequent months except in special 
circumstances (e.g., layoffs in states affected by Hurricane Katrina).  
Counts of initial claims associated with mass layoff events reflect 
activity through the end of the reference month. Additional mass layoff 
event and initial claims activity received after data for the reference 
month have been published by BLS are not updated in the monthly mass layoff 
series and, therefore, may not match revised mass layoff data issued in 
state publications. However, any additional mass layoff information 
meeting the extended mass layoff criteria will be reflected in BLSí 
quarterly publication of extended mass layoff data.

   A given month contains an aggregation of the weekly unemployment 
insurance claims filings for the Sunday through Saturday weeks in that 
month.  All weeks are included for the particular month, except if the
first day of the month falls on Saturday.  In this case, the week is 
included in the prior month's tabulations.  This means that some months
will contain 4 weeks and others, 5 weeks.  The number of weeks in a given
month may be different from year to year, and the number of weeks in a year
may vary.  Therefore, data users who intend to perform analysis of over-the-year
change in the not seasonally adjusted series should use the average weekly
mass layoff figures displayed in tables 3 and 4 of this release.  The average
weekly adjustment process produces a consistent series for each month across
all years, permitting over-the-year analysis to be performed using strictly
comparable data.

   The MLS program resumed operations in April 1995 after it had been
terminated in November 1992 due to lack of funding. Prior to April 1995,
monthly layoff statistics were not available.

   Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired
individuals upon request. Voice phone:  (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay
Service:  (800) 877-8339.

Definitions

   Average weekly mass layoff events and initial claimants. The number of
events and initial claimants in a given month divided by the number of weeks
contained within that month.

   Employer. Employers in the MLS program include those covered by state
unemployment insurance laws. Information on employers is obtained from the
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, which is administered
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

   Industry. Employers are classified according to the 2007 version of the 
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). For temporary help
and professional employers organization industries, monthly MLS-related 
statistics generally reflect layoffs related to underlying client companies 
in other industries. An individual layoff action at a client company can
be small, but when initial claimants associated with many such layoffs are
assigned to a temporary help or professional employer organization firm, a
mass layoff event may trigger.

   Initial claimant. A person who files any notice of unemployment to
initiate a request either for a determination of entitlement to and
eligibility for compensation, or for a subsequent period of unemployment
within a benefit year or period of eligibility.

   Mass layoff event. Fifty or more initial claims for unemployment insurance
benefits filed against an employer during a 5-week period, regardless of
duration.

Seasonal adjustment

   Effective with the release of data for January 2005, BLS began publishing
six seasonally adjusted monthly MLS series. The six series are the numbers of
mass layoff events and mass layoff initial claims for the total, private nonfarm,
and manufacturing sectors.
   
   Seasonal adjustment is the process of estimating and removing the effect
on time series data of regularly recurring seasonal events such as changes
in the weather, holidays, and the beginning and ending of the school year.
The use of seasonal adjustment makes it easier to observe fundamental changes
in time series, particularly those associated with general economic expansions
and contractions.

   The MLS data are seasonally adjusted using the X-12-ARIMA seasonal adjustment
method on a concurrent basis. Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses all available
monthly estimates, including those for the current month, in developing seasonal
adjustment factors. Revisions to the most recent 5 years of seasonally adjusted
data will be made once a year with the issuance of December data. Before the data
are seasonally adjusted, prior adjustments are made to the original data to adjust
them for differences in the number of weeks used to calculate the monthly data.
Because weekly unemployment insurance claims are aggregated to form monthly data,
a particular month's value could be calculated with 5 weeks of data in 1 year and
4 weeks in another. The effects of these differences could seriously distort the
seasonal factors if they were ignored in the seasonal adjustment process. These 
effects are modeled in the X-12-ARIMA program and are permanently removed from 
the final seasonally adjusted series.




Table 1. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, December 2008 to 
November 2012, seasonally adjusted

                                      Total            Private nonfarm         Manufacturing   
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial 
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants
                                                                                              
             2008                                                                             

December ...................     2,437     244,889     2,261     230,621       935     116,181

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     2,254     235,371     2,083     221,653       726      92,293
February ...................     3,059     326,392     2,901     310,378     1,251     145,839
March ......................     2,999     299,322     2,800     282,414     1,230     154,168
April ......................     2,566     249,129     2,349     232,632     1,007     116,051
May ........................     2,710     284,468     2,516     267,869     1,181     147,184
June .......................     2,466     247,597     2,257     230,502     1,048     137,649
July .......................     2,186     222,941     1,979     203,911       636      75,728
August .....................     2,340     216,047     2,115     197,172       751      77,894
September ..................     2,261     214,018     2,048     198,761       786      91,125
October ....................     1,969     195,752     1,772     178,172       571      65,217
November ...................     1,757     164,454     1,588     151,172       472      52,855
December ...................     1,719     155,056     1,543     140,835       424      44,096

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     1,707     168,044     1,529     154,187       471      53,817
February ...................     1,631     156,292     1,465     141,831       374      43,620
March ......................     1,676     149,816     1,469     134,518       356      40,705
April ......................     1,637     154,558     1,452     138,503       368      44,506
May ........................     1,608     150,996     1,357     130,273       302      29,932
June .......................     1,695     151,435     1,475     132,742       325      33,298
July .......................     1,519     138,091     1,316     122,162       304      32,253
August .....................     1,588     159,329     1,399     136,697       390      43,154
September ..................     1,510     133,576     1,295     115,349       328      34,333
October ....................     1,654     149,589     1,446     132,146       354      38,937
November ...................     1,592     161,145     1,410     145,494       360      39,977
December ...................     1,477     135,849     1,271     121,171       322      36,267

             2011                                                                             

January ....................     1,536     148,952     1,348     131,869       337      37,477
February ...................     1,434     131,569     1,242     116,745       297      26,696
March ......................     1,275     115,391     1,118     102,722       251      28,988
April ......................     1,548     145,836     1,383     131,317       341      37,053
May ........................     1,600     144,412     1,404     127,793       374      39,180
June .......................     1,513     143,384     1,334     128,410       344      36,265
July .......................     1,562     145,078     1,348     125,285       346      36,312
August .....................     1,551     164,275     1,347     149,874       382      49,194
September ..................     1,447     147,353     1,306     134,038       364      38,026
October ....................     1,335     118,924     1,205     107,330       341      33,926
November ...................     1,332     131,627     1,192     120,760       324      36,563
December ...................     1,384     145,648     1,238     130,583       351      39,081

             2012                                                                             

January ....................     1,434     129,920     1,298     119,102       341      33,597
February ...................     1,293     119,463     1,153     108,577       282      27,388
March ......................     1,273     121,310     1,125     109,421       261      26,348
April ......................     1,388     135,600     1,222     120,213       287      33,243
May ........................     1,380     130,191     1,222     117,654       264      29,675
June .......................     1,317     131,406     1,171     118,451       267      29,093
July .......................     1,340     137,420     1,208     127,092       364      44,920
August .....................     1,267     127,454     1,148     117,952       314      38,667
September ..................     1,316     122,462     1,198     113,824       366      39,748
October ....................     1,360     131,173     1,220     120,794       344      42,946
November ...................     1,759     173,558     1,582     160,733       413      49,169




Table 2. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, December 2008 to 
November 2012, not seasonally adjusted

                                       Total           Private nonfarm         Manufacturing  
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial 
                                Events    claimants    Events   claimants    Events   claimants
                                                                                              
             2008                                                                             

December ...................     3,377     351,305     3,232     340,220     1,378     172,529

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     3,806     388,813     3,633     375,293     1,461     172,757
February ...................     2,262     218,438     2,173     210,755       945     103,588
March ......................     2,191     228,387     2,107     221,397       940     114,747
April ......................     2,547     256,930     2,385     243,321       887     100,872
May ........................     2,738     289,628     2,572     274,047     1,005     123,683
June .......................     2,519     256,357     2,051     216,063       674      85,726
July .......................     3,054     336,654     2,659     296,589     1,133     154,208
August .....................     1,428     125,024     1,334     117,193       436      41,151
September ..................     1,371     123,177     1,258     115,141       448      51,126
October ....................     1,934     193,904     1,678     172,883       566      69,655
November ...................     1,870     164,496     1,679     150,751       517      55,053
December ...................     2,310     214,648     2,166     203,655       615      64,540

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     2,860     278,679     2,682     265,074       962     104,846
February ...................     1,183     102,818     1,091      96,022       282      30,728
March ......................     1,197     111,727     1,111     105,514       273      29,745
April ......................     1,840     199,690     1,697     184,654       424      55,178
May ........................     1,354     123,333     1,170     109,203       216      19,334
June .......................     1,861     171,190     1,355     125,872       212      21,083
July .......................     2,124     206,254     1,732     172,248       532      64,200
August .....................       976      92,435       897      83,021       230      23,088
September ..................       920      77,654       806      67,987       187      19,403
October ....................     1,642     148,638     1,373     127,865       351      40,861
November ...................     1,676     158,048     1,477     142,591       389      41,383
December ...................     1,931     184,130     1,763     172,881       465      52,816

             2011                                                                             

January ....................     2,558     246,463     2,372     229,765       693      75,006
February ...................     1,024      85,585       919      78,718       222      18,471
March ......................       908      85,095       844      80,014       191      20,869
April ......................     1,750     189,919     1,625     176,478       397      47,104
May ........................     1,367     119,911     1,221     108,531       270      25,199
June .......................     1,661     159,930     1,238     122,821       226      22,986
July .......................     2,176     216,774     1,759     174,078       602      71,814
August .....................       961      99,213       875      93,159       228      26,916
September ..................     1,189     117,232     1,095     107,300       296      32,058
October ....................     1,101      96,914       950      83,748       265      28,447
November ...................     1,393     127,750     1,245     117,474       349      37,799
December ...................     2,433     263,665     2,258     247,916       658      75,033

             2012                                                                             

January ....................     1,705     141,703     1,587     132,754       415      38,021
February ...................       895      73,974       820      69,076       196      16,555
March ......................     1,125     117,817     1,040     110,954       242      24,241
April ......................     1,421     146,358     1,293     132,697       256      32,518
May ........................     1,201     109,259     1,081     100,434       186      18,800
June .......................     1,890     198,537     1,485     158,334       255      28,570
July .......................     1,515     157,753     1,321     144,340       559      74,963
August .....................     1,063     104,045       992      97,694       251      31,193
September ..................       811      70,570       749      66,214       221      22,748
October ....................     1,142     109,829       968      97,390       277      37,702
November ...................     2,339     249,949     2,078     228,124       551      72,690




Table 3. Industry distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, not seasonally adjusted

                      Industry                                    Mass layoff totals                   Average weekly mass layoffs (1)
                                                                                                                                           
                                                             Events          Initial claimants           Events          Initial claimants 
                                                       November   November  November   November    November   November  November   November
                                                         2011       2012      2011       2012        2011       2012      2011       2012

      Total (2) ..................................      1,393      2,339    127,750    249,949        348        468     31,938     49,990

Total, private ...................................      1,332      2,243    123,294    240,496        333        449     30,824     48,099
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ...         87        165      5,820     12,372         22         33      1,455      2,474

  Total, private nonfarm .........................      1,245      2,078    117,474    228,124        311        416     29,369     45,625
    Mining .......................................         10         37        739      2,963          3          7        185        593
    Utilities ....................................        (3)          5        (3)        457        (3)          1        (3)         91
    Construction .................................        260        404     21,526     35,561         65         81      5,382      7,112
        Construction of buildings ................         32         49      2,772      4,526          8         10        693        905
        Heavy and civil engineering construction .        156        226     13,320     21,196         39         45      3,330      4,239
        Specialty trade contractors ..............         72        129      5,434      9,839         18         26      1,359      1,968
    Manufacturing ................................        349        551     37,799     72,690         87        110      9,450     14,538
        Food .....................................         64        104      6,312     18,635         16         21      1,578      3,727
        Beverage and tobacco products ............         12         11        925      1,103          3          2        231        221
        Textile mills ............................         11         29      1,181      4,232          3          6        295        846
        Textile product mills ....................          4          6        362        577          1          1         91        115
        Apparel ..................................          7         20      1,198      1,621          2          4        300        324
        Leather and allied products ..............          -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
        Wood products ............................         25         21      2,410      1,611          6          4        603        322
        Paper ....................................         12         11        851      1,031          3          2        213        206
        Printing and related support activities ..          8         15        624      1,151          2          3        156        230
        Petroleum and coal products ..............          3         18        160      1,415          1          4         40        283

        Chemicals ................................          5         15        394      1,296          1          3         99        259
        Plastics and rubber products .............         13         25        947      2,811          3          5        237        562
        Nonmetallic mineral products .............         20         21      1,360      1,835          5          4        340        367
        Primary metals ...........................         13         42      1,092      4,376          3          8        273        875
        Fabricated metal products ................         17         47      1,315      5,110          4          9        329      1,022
        Machinery ................................         26         40      3,223      9,920          7          8        806      1,984
        Computer and electronic products .........         17         25        990      2,060          4          5        248        412
        Electrical equipment and appliances ......          8         14        745      2,378          2          3        186        476
        Transportation equipment .................         63         58     10,771      7,962         16         12      2,693      1,592
        Furniture and related products ...........         14         22      2,285      2,554          4          4        571        511
        Miscellaneous manufacturing ..............          7          7        654      1,012          2          1        164        202

    Wholesale trade ..............................         18         49      1,414      5,081          5         10        354      1,016
    Retail trade (4) .............................         69        132      6,001     12,573         17         26      1,500      2,515
        Building material and garden supply stores         11         10        826        890          3          2        207        178
        Food and beverage stores .................         16         31      1,372      3,330          4          6        343        666
        Clothing and clothing accessories stores .          4         13        183        865          1          3         46        173
        General merchandise stores ...............         23         43      2,525      5,111          6          9        631      1,022
    Transportation and warehousing (4) ...........         72        169      6,993     19,052         18         34      1,748      3,810
        Truck transportation .....................         10         12        521        926          3          2        130        185
        Transit and ground passenger 
          transportation .........................         49        126      5,242     15,323         12         25      1,311      3,065
        Support activities for transportation ....        (3)         11        (3)      1,084        (3)          2        (3)        217
    Information ..................................         33         32      3,682      3,884          8          6        921        777
    Finance and insurance ........................         17         22      2,061      1,629          4          4        515        326
    Real estate and rental and leasing ...........        (3)         10        (3)        653        (3)          2        (3)        131
    Professional and technical services ..........         48         53      4,724      5,119         12         11      1,181      1,024
    Management of companies and enterprises ......          6          7        449        847          2          1        112        169
    Administrative and waste services ............        206        312     16,714     27,260         52         62      4,179      5,452
    Educational services .........................          7          9        434        628          2          2        109        126
    Health care and social assistance ............         26         51      2,233      5,336          7         10        558      1,067
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation ..........         30         44      2,864      3,869          8          9        716        774
    Accommodation and food services ..............         78        173      8,560     28,944         20         35      2,140      5,789
        Accommodation ............................         20         61      1,866     14,192          5         12        467      2,838
        Food services and drinking places ........         58        112      6,694     14,752         15         22      1,674      2,950
    Other services, except public administration .          9         17        710      1,534          2          3        178        307
    Unclassified .................................          -          1          -         44          -          -          -          9

Government .......................................         61         96      4,456      9,453         15         19      1,114      1,891
    Federal ......................................         11          8        913        694          3          2        228        139
    State ........................................         19         28      1,384      2,733          5          6        346        547
         State government education ..............          3          6        174        623          1          1         44        125
    Local ........................................         31         60      2,159      6,026          8         12        540      1,205
         Local government education ..............          8         25        496      2,487          2          5        124        497

   1 Average weekly analysis mitigates the effect of differing lengths of months. There were 4 weeks in November 2011 and 5 weeks in
November 2012. Average weekly events and initial claimants may not sum to subtotals and totals due to rounding.
   2 Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
   3 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   4 Includes other industries not shown.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.




Table 4. Region and state distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance,
not seasonally adjusted

     Census region and state               Mass layoff totals                    Average weekly mass layoffs (1)     

                                       Events          Initial Claimants           Events          Initial Claimants 
                                 November   November  November   November    November   November  November   November
                                   2011       2012      2011       2012        2011       2012      2011       2012

   Total (2)................      1,393      2,339    127,750    249,949        348        468     31,938     49,990
   
Northeast ..................        237        703     21,086     84,490         59        141      5,272     16,898
    Connecticut ............          9          9        805      1,344          2          2        201        269
    Maine ..................        (3)         10        (3)      1,193        (3)          2        (3)        239
    Massachusetts ..........         16         14      1,248      1,608          4          3        312        322
    New Hampshire ..........          4          5        296        378          1          1         74         76
    New Jersey .............         35        215      4,114     33,307          9         43      1,029      6,661
    New York ...............         61        230      5,520     24,548         15         46      1,380      4,910
    Pennsylvania ...........        102        209      8,178     20,958         26         42      2,045      4,192
    Rhode Island ...........        (3)          3        (3)        281        (3)          1        (3)         56
    Vermont ................          5          8        543        873          1          2        136        175

South ......................        349        502     33,887     55,755         87        100      8,472     11,151
    Alabama ................         19         32      1,798      3,211          5          6        450        642
    Arkansas ...............         19         25      1,843      3,594          5          5        461        719
    Delaware ...............        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    District of Columbia ...        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    Florida ................         53         57      3,420      4,783         13         11        855        957
    Georgia ................         28         29      2,372      4,489          7          6        593        898
    Kentucky ...............         25         30      2,934      3,424          6          6        734        685
    Louisiana ..............         17         12      1,404      1,379          4          2        351        276
    Maryland (4) ...........          7         18        643      1,384          2          4        161        277
    Mississippi ............         17         18      1,607      1,477          4          4        402        295
    North Carolina .........         30         89      2,524      9,407          8         18        631      1,881
    Oklahoma ...............          7          6      1,464        798          2          1        366        160
    South Carolina .........          9         21        894      3,009          2          4        224        602
    Tennessee ..............         14         19        988      2,085          4          4        247        417
    Texas ..................         73         97      8,862     11,680         18         19      2,216      2,336
    Virginia ...............         26         33      2,788      3,850          7          7        697        770
    West Virginia ..........        (3)          9        (3)        675        (3)          2        (3)        135

Midwest ....................        391        498     40,372     57,438         98        100     10,093     11,488
    Illinois ...............         57         86      5,056     12,919         14         17      1,264      2,584
    Indiana ................         32         36      4,367      5,474          8          7      1,092      1,095
    Iowa ...................         22         33      2,797      3,540          6          7        699        708
    Kansas .................        (3)         12        (3)      1,376        (3)          2        (3)        275
    Michigan ...............         54         68      7,046      7,361         14         14      1,762      1,472
    Minnesota ..............         36         56      2,991      5,184          9         11        748      1,037
    Missouri ...............         22         30      1,440      2,974          6          6        360        595
    Nebraska ...............          6         11        399        963          2          2        100        193
    North Dakota ...........        (3)          8        (3)        843        (3)          2        (3)        169
    Ohio ...................         66         69      6,017      7,784         17         14      1,504      1,557
    South Dakota ...........          -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
    Wisconsin ..............         90         89      9,359      9,020         23         18      2,340      1,804

West .......................        416        636     32,405     52,266        104        127      8,101     10,453
    Alaska .................          6          9        395      1,325          2          2         99        265
    Arizona ................          7         10        666        788          2          2        167        158
    California .............        275        451     19,677     34,672         69         90      4,919      6,934
    Colorado ...............         16         10      1,358        992          4          2        340        198
    Hawaii .................        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    Idaho ..................         17         20      1,214      1,626          4          4        304        325
    Montana ................         10         12        895      1,084          3          2        224        217
    Nevada .................         15         25      1,754      2,281          4          5        439        456
    New Mexico .............        (3)         13        (3)        730        (3)          3        (3)        146
    Oregon .................         21         37      2,225      3,792          5          7        556        758
    Utah ...................         10        (3)        704        (3)          3        (3)        176        (3)
    Washington .............         33         40      3,033      4,079          8          8        758        816
    Wyoming ................        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    
    Puerto Rico ............         10          4      1,048        340          3          1        262         68
                                                                                                                    
   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   2 See footnote 2, table 3.
   3 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   4 Data starting in June 2012 may not be comparable to prior data due to a change in MLS unemployment insurance
procedures.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.




Last Modified Date: December 21, 2012