Mass Layoffs (Monthly) News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, December 22, 2010              USDL-10-1750

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                        MASS LAYOFFS -- NOVEMBER 2010


Employers took 1,586 mass layoff actions in November involving 152,816
workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemploy-
ment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor 
Statistics reported today. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 per- 
sons from a single employer. The number of mass layoff events in
November decreased by 65 from the prior month, while the number of
associated initial claims increased by 4,757. In November, 354 mass lay- 
off events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally ad-
justed, resulting in 39,465 initial claims. Over the month, the number 
of manufacturing events decreased slightly, while associated initial 
claims increased by 2,027. (See table 1.)


The national unemployment rate was 9.8 percent in November, up from
9.6 percent the prior month and down from 10.0 percent a year earlier.
In November, total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 39,000 over
the month and by 842,000 from a year earlier.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)
   
The number of mass layoff events in November was 1,676 on a not sea-
sonally adjusted basis; the number of associated initial claims was 
158,048. Over the year, the number of mass layoff events decreased by 
194, and associated initial claims decreased by 6,448. (See table 2.) 
Twelve of the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy reported 
over-the-year decreases in initial claims, led by manufacturing.

The manufacturing sector accounted for 23 percent of all mass layoff
events and 26 percent of initial claims filed in November. A year ear- 
lier, manufacturing made up 28 percent of events and 33 percent of ini-
tial claims. Within manufacturing, the number of claimants in November 
was greatest in transportation equipment and in food. Thirteen of the 
21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in ini-
tial claims, with the largest declines in transportation equipment and 
in machinery.(See table 3.) 

The six-digit industries with the largest number of initial claims in
November were highway, street, and bridge construction and temporary
help services. (See table A.) The table includes both publicly and pri-
vately owned entities.



Table A. Industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims in 
November 2010, not seasonally adjusted


                                                                 November peak
                  Industry
                                            Initial claims     Year  Initial claims

Highway, street, and bridge construction ..     12,964         2001      14,805
Temporary help services (1) ...............     11,714         2000      19,023
Motion picture and video production .......      7,419         2000       8,664
Food service contractors ..................      4,404         2007       6,163
School and employee bus transportation ....      3,899         2007       4,547
Farm labor contractors and crew leaders ...      3,700         1999      11,613
Professional employer organizations (1) ...      3,400         2008       5,873
Hotels and motels, except casino hotels ...      2,180         2001       3,215
Landscaping services ......................      1,973         2002       2,129
Payroll services ..........................      1,770         2002       6,598

   1  See the Technical Note for more information on these industries.




Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Two of the 4 regions and 5 of the 9 divisions experienced over-the-
year decreases in initial claims due to mass layoffs in November. Among 
the census regions, the Midwest registered the largest over-the-year 
decline in initial claims. Of the geographic divisions, the East North 
Central had the largest over-the-year decline in initial claims.
(See table 5.)

California recorded the highest number of initial claims in November,
followed by Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Twenty-eight
states and the District of Columbia experienced over-the-year decreases 
in initial claims, led by Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky, 
and New York. (See table 6.)

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 re-
lease that reports on mass layoffs lasting more than 30 days (referred 
to as "extended mass layoffs"). The quarterly release provides more in-
formation on the industry classification and location of the establish-
ment and on the demographics of the laid-off workers. Because monthly 
figures include short-term layoffs of 30 days or less, the sum of the 
figures for the 3 months in a quarter will be higher than the quarterly 
figure for mass layoffs of more than 30 days. (See table 4.) See the 
Technical Note for more detailed definitions.

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The Mass Layoffs news release for December 2010 and Annual Totals for
2010 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at
10:00 a.m. (EST).



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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.

   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, analysis of over-the-month and over-the-year
change in not seasonally adjusted series should take this calendar effect
into consideration.

   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

   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 adminis-
tered 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 insur-
ance 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 publish-
ing 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 expan-
sions and contractions.

   The MLS data are seasonally adjusted using the X-12-ARIMA seasonal adjust-
ment method on a concurrent basis.  Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses all
available monthly estimates, including those for the current month, in devel-
oping 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 sea-
sonal 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 2006 to
November 2010, seasonally adjusted

                                      Total            Private nonfarm         Manufacturing    
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial  
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants 
                                                                                              
             2006                                                                             

December ...................     1,227     134,176     1,123     124,570       376      51,403

             2007                                                                             

January ....................     1,264     130,834     1,113     119,874       404      55,217
February ...................     1,191     121,289     1,075     112,607       374      54,581
March ......................     1,225     126,391     1,113     117,760       386      48,298
April ......................     1,268     129,098     1,135     118,175       362      43,205
May ........................     1,172     118,648     1,070     111,103       345      44,391
June .......................     1,241     131,394     1,125     122,123       338      37,931
July .......................     1,274     130,331     1,169     122,381       403      55,973
August .....................     1,247     126,108     1,158     118,575       323      34,902
September ..................     1,255     123,632     1,160     116,744       436      51,814
October ....................     1,370     137,108     1,248     128,387       449      58,360
November ...................     1,415     148,952     1,289     139,665       424      58,543
December ...................     1,569     155,095     1,448     145,666       483      60,368

             2008                                                                             

January ....................     1,481     151,269     1,348     140,570       436      57,147
February ...................     1,578     162,152     1,432     150,712       470      60,276
March ......................     1,487     151,539     1,372     141,574       436      56,919
April ......................     1,327     133,318     1,201     122,651       460      59,377
May ........................     1,604     170,619     1,465     160,529       468      62,345
June .......................     1,674     170,329     1,523     158,084       501      68,403
July .......................     1,531     152,447     1,389     141,707       461      61,417
August .....................     1,845     189,798     1,711     179,737       607      78,172
September ..................     2,222     235,755     2,049     220,832       634      81,989
October ....................     2,287     239,768     2,125     226,098       721      95,301
November ...................     2,489     240,181     2,334     227,368       929     107,072
December ...................     2,461     243,505     2,277     229,171       962     115,961

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     2,279     251,807     2,115     238,990       764     109,124
February ...................     2,737     289,162     2,592     274,040     1,186     141,264
March ......................     2,913     295,970     2,715     279,671     1,202     146,381
April ......................     2,663     263,162     2,461     247,329     1,033     125,093
May ........................     2,794     306,788     2,589     289,012     1,183     145,166
June .......................     2,598     260,596     2,371     241,864     1,072     135,844
July .......................     2,039     196,578     1,818     176,542       565      66,918
August .....................     2,480     238,911     2,244     218,425       798      87,201
September ..................     2,326     221,639     2,109     204,462       783      90,440
October ....................     2,055     205,502     1,856     187,880       594      65,801
November ...................     1,813     163,823     1,650     151,810       485      54,858
December ...................     1,726     153,127     1,542     138,747       433      44,072

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     1,761     182,261     1,585     168,466       486      62,556
February ...................     1,570     155,718     1,406     142,240       376      43,100
March ......................     1,628     150,864     1,432     136,446       356      39,290
April ......................     1,646     164,325     1,478     149,621       388      50,083
May ........................     1,676     164,115     1,416     142,594       320      30,729
June .......................     1,757     158,479     1,529     139,029       332      33,012
July .......................     1,520     135,389     1,301     117,546       286      29,826
August .....................     1,655     165,528     1,448     143,056       400      48,858
September ..................     1,530     138,220     1,317     118,741       334      34,096
October ....................     1,651     148,059     1,445     130,448       356      37,438
November ...................     1,586     152,816     1,405     137,695       354      39,465




Table 2. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, December 2006 to
November 2010, not seasonally adjusted

                                       Total           Private nonfarm         Manufacturing    
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial  
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants 
                                                                                              
             2006                                                                             

December ...................     2,249     254,503     2,126     244,783       735     105,462

             2007                                                                             

January ....................     1,407     134,984     1,263     124,475       456      53,615
February ...................       935      86,696       861      82,097       273      36,170
March ......................     1,082     123,974     1,015     118,431       367      49,886
April ......................     1,219     127,444     1,115     118,040       309      35,229
May ........................       923      85,816       856      81,153       224      26,527
June .......................     1,599     172,810     1,318     148,669       313      36,571
July .......................     1,599     175,419     1,450     164,939       684     101,390
August .....................       963      93,458       908      88,345       220      23,361
September ..................       717      67,385       667      64,026       246      29,381
October ....................     1,083     108,455       929      97,716       338      50,918
November ...................     1,799     198,220     1,593     181,184       514      75,413
December ...................     2,167     224,214     2,071     216,898       699      91,754

             2008                                                                             

January ....................     1,647     154,503     1,520     144,191       488      54,418
February ...................     1,269     119,508     1,178     113,587       361      42,527
March ......................     1,089     114,541     1,039     110,147       333      43,740
April ......................     1,272     130,810     1,172     121,625       394      48,188
May ........................     1,552     159,471     1,438     150,462       388      51,698
June .......................     1,622     166,742     1,315     140,916       309      42,097
July .......................     1,891     200,382     1,687     186,018       760     108,733
August .....................     1,427     139,999     1,343     133,146       414      51,912
September ..................     1,292     129,586     1,202     122,505       361      46,391
October ....................     2,125     221,784     1,917     205,553       689     100,457
November ...................     2,574     241,589     2,389     226,657       997     107,620
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




Table 3. Industry distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance  


                                                                                                     Initial claimants for           
                                                              Mass layoff events                    unemployment insurance          
                     Industry                                                                                                      
                                                   November  September October  November   November   September  October   November 
                                                     2009      2010     2010      2010       2009       2010      2010       2010   
                                                                                                                                   
                Seasonally adjusted                                                                                                


      Total .....................................    1,813     1,530    1,651     1,586     163,823    138,220   148,059    152,816

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    1,650     1,317    1,445     1,405     151,810    118,741   130,448    137,695
    Manufacturing ...............................      485       334      356       354      54,858     34,096    37,438     39,465

              Not seasonally adjusted                                                                                              

      Total (1) .................................    1,870       920    1,642     1,676     164,496     77,654   148,638    158,048

Total, private ..................................    1,791       823    1,493     1,614     158,146     68,913   136,178    152,651
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ..      112        17      120       137       7,395        926     8,313     10,060

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    1,679       806    1,373     1,477     150,751     67,987   127,865    142,591
    Mining ......................................       22         4        6        13       1,551        447       390        943
    Utilities ...................................        3       (2)      (2)       (2)         206        (2)       (2)        (2)
    Construction ................................      308        89      175       325      23,902      6,137    13,500     26,767
    Manufacturing ...............................      517       187      351       389      55,053     19,403    40,861     41,383
        Food ....................................       61        31       80        69       6,631      3,216     8,639      7,242
        Beverage and tobacco products ...........        9       (2)       15         7         682        (2)     1,166        655
        Textile mills ...........................       12         3        7        15       1,337        277     1,019      1,631
        Textile product mills ...................        -       (2)        4       (2)           -        (2)       271        (2)
        Apparel .................................       17         3       10         8       1,361        194     1,399        993
        Leather and allied products .............      (2)         -      (2)       (2)         (2)          -       (2)        (2)
        Wood products ...........................       40        22       26        28       3,505      1,726     2,570      2,568
        Paper ...................................      (2)         4        4         8         (2)        239       334        653
        Printing and related support activities .       10         3        6        14         888        277       435      1,312
        Petroleum and coal products .............       11         3      (2)         8         852        180       (2)        796

        Chemicals ...............................       13       (2)        8         9       1,239        (2)       723        685
        Plastics and rubber products ............       29       (2)        9        20       2,802        (2)       656      1,912
        Nonmetallic mineral products ............       30         7       15        21       2,514        609     1,460      1,839
        Primary metals ..........................       38        13       16        17       3,426      1,381     1,358      1,352
        Fabricated metal products ...............       36        13       20        21       2,764      1,006     1,667      1,766
        Machinery ...............................       44        11       26        24       5,080      1,787     4,968      2,980
        Computer and electronic products ........       25         8       13        12       2,788        562       851        990
        Electrical equipment and appliances .....       18        10       15        11       1,379      1,793     1,935      1,808
        Transportation equipment ................       86        30       50        60      13,806      4,166     8,581      7,754
        Furniture and related products ..........       19        11       17        23       2,407        792     1,929      2,945
        Miscellaneous manufacturing .............       11         8        6         9         931        573       596        775

    Wholesale trade .............................       33        16       30        28       2,389      1,011     2,079      2,347
    Retail trade ................................       99        99      126        99       7,083      9,764    13,260      8,433
    Transportation and warehousing ..............       83        31       45        68       6,651      2,268     3,948      6,236
    Information .................................       52        24       52        48       5,414      2,365     5,640     10,136
    Finance and insurance .......................       33        29       31        22       2,691      2,602     2,342      1,742
    Real estate and rental and leasing ..........       13         4        9         5         963        267       455        287
    Professional and technical services .........       55        23       43        57       4,651      1,504     3,447      6,284
    Management of companies and enterprises .....        3       (2)      (2)       (2)         290        (2)       (2)        (2)
    Administrative and waste services ...........      220       133      275       225      18,219     10,059    23,531     20,778
    Educational services ........................        6        13       11         3         453        786       657        147
    Health care and social assistance ...........       38        26       54        31       2,886      1,660     4,056      2,523
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation .........       45        39       31        32       3,705      2,799     2,674      2,703
    Accommodation and food services .............      129        72      118       112      13,264      5,735    10,024     10,219
    Other services, except public administration        20        12       10        15       1,380        864       506      1,168
    Unclassified ................................        -         1        1         1           -         78        73         79

Government ......................................       79        97      149        62       6,350      8,741    12,460      5,397
    Federal .....................................       12        19       41        10       1,155      1,898     4,336        945
    State .......................................       25        22       32        17       2,213      1,575     2,967      1,472
    Local .......................................       42        56       76        35       2,982      5,268     5,157      2,980
                                                                                                                                   
 
   1 Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia. 
   2 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.   
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.   




Table 4. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, October 2008 to November 2010, not seasonally adjusted 

                                                                                    Private nonfarm                                
                                                                                   
                                Total mass layoffs                              Extended mass layoffs                              
             Date                                        Mass layoffs          lasting more than 30 days        Realization rates (1)   
             
                                           Initial               Initial                       Initial                      Initial 
                               Events     claimants   Events    claimants       Events        claimants           Events   claimants
             2008                                                                                                                 

October ....................    2,125      221,784     1,917     205,553                                                          
November ...................    2,574      241,589     2,389     226,657                                                          
December ...................    3,377      351,305     3,232     340,220                                                          

Fourth Quarter .............    8,076      814,678     7,538     772,430         3,582         766,780             47.5       99.3

             2009                                                                                                                 

January ....................    3,806      388,813     3,633     375,293                                                          
February ...................    2,262      218,438     2,173     210,755                                                          
March ......................    2,191      228,387     2,107     221,397                                                          

First Quarter ..............    8,259      835,638     7,913     807,445         3,979         835,551             50.3      103.5

April ......................    2,547      256,930     2,385     243,321                                                          
May ........................    2,738      289,628     2,572     274,047                                                          
June .......................    2,519      256,357     2,051     216,063                                                          

Second Quarter .............    7,804      802,915     7,008     733,431         3,395         731,049             48.4       99.7

July .......................    3,054      336,654     2,659     296,589                                                          
August .....................    1,428      125,024     1,334     117,193                                                          
September ..................    1,371      123,177     1,258     115,141                                                          

Third Quarter ..............    5,853      584,855     5,251     528,923         2,034         406,823             38.7       76.9

October ....................    1,934      193,904     1,678     172,883                                                          
November ...................    1,870      164,496     1,679     150,751                                                          
December ...................    2,310      214,648     2,166     203,655                                                          

Fourth Quarter .............    6,114      573,048     5,523     527,289         2,416         468,560             43.7       88.9

             2010                                                                                                                 

January ....................    2,860      278,679     2,682     265,074                                                          
February ...................    1,183      102,818     1,091      96,022                                                          
March ......................    1,197      111,727     1,111     105,514                                                          

First Quarter ..............    5,240      493,224     4,884     466,610         1,870         367,930             38.3       78.9

April ......................    1,840      199,690     1,697     184,654                                                          
May ........................    1,354      123,333     1,170     109,203                                                          
June .......................    1,861      171,190     1,355     125,872                                                          

Second Quarter .............    5,055      494,213     4,222     419,729         2,011         393,435             47.6       93.7

July .......................    2,124      206,254     1,732     172,248                                                          
August .....................      976       92,435       897      83,021                                                          
September ..................      920       77,654       806      67,987                                                          

Third Quarter ..............    4,020      376,343     3,435     323,256   (2)(p)1,297   (2)(p)177,807          (p)37.8    (p)55.0

October ....................    1,642      148,638     1,373     127,865                                                          
November ...................    1,676      158,048     1,477     142,591                                                          


   1 The event realization rate is the percentage of all private nonfarm mass layoff events lasting more than 30 days. The 
initial claimant realization rate is the percentage of all private nonfarm mass layoff initial claimants associated with
layoffs lasting more than 30 days.
   2 These quarterly numbers are provisional and will be revised as more data on these layoffs become available.
Experience suggests that the number of extended mass layoff events is generally revised upwards by less than 10 percent and
the number of initial claimants associated with such events increases by 25-40 percent.
   p = preliminary.




Table 5. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance by census region and division, not seasonally 
adjusted

                                                                                     Initial claimants for            
                                            Mass layoff events                      unemployment insurance            
                                           
  Census region and division                                                                                            
  
                                 November  September  October  November   November   September    October   November 
                                   2009       2010      2010     2010       2009        2010        2010       2010   
                                                                                                                        
        United States (1) ...      1,870       920     1,642     1,676     164,496     77,654     148,638    158,048
        
Northeast ...................        285       160       246       223      26,974     14,411      20,922     20,305
    New England .............         40        15        25        41       3,750      1,357       1,940      3,878
    Middle Atlantic .........        245       145       221       182      23,224     13,054      18,982     16,427

South .......................        413       259       368       426      37,708     21,507      35,853     38,416
    South Atlantic ..........        207       153       213       245      19,029     11,811      21,191     20,773
    East South Central ......         83        41        70        83       6,656      3,633       7,095      7,182
    West South Central ......        123        65        85        98      12,023      6,063       7,567     10,461

Midwest .....................        530       155       316       431      51,989     14,964      34,290     43,401
    East North Central ......        382       115       227       317      39,265     11,280      25,674     31,834
    West North Central ......        148        40        89       114      12,724      3,684       8,616     11,567

West ........................        642       346       712       596      47,825     26,772      57,573     55,926
    Mountain ................         98        47        99       101       9,393      4,461       9,563      8,789
    Pacific .................        544       299       613       495      38,432     22,311      48,010     47,137
                                                                                                                    
 
   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   NOTE: The States (including the District of Columbia) that comprise the census divisions are: New England:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; Middle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York,
and Pennsylvania; South Atlantic:  Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia; East South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee; West South 
Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas; East North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and 
Wisconsin; West North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota; Mountain:
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming; and Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii,  
Oregon, and Washington.




Table 6. State distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, not seasonally adjusted

                                                                                      Initial claimants for             
                                       Mass layoff events                            unemployment insurance             
           State                                                                                                      
                           November     September   October   November    November     September    October   November 
                             2009          2010       2010      2010        2009          2010        2010      2010   
                                 
   Total (1) ............    1,870          920      1,642      1,676      164,496       77,654     148,638    158,048
                                                                                                                      
Alabama .................       16           13         20         26        1,266        1,021       2,244      2,499
Alaska ..................        3            4          5          4          361          492         430        266
Arizona .................        9            6         24          5          709          477       2,392        365
Arkansas ................        9            3          7         10          973          301         790      1,224
California ..............      472          264        559        424       31,922       19,288      42,458     40,704
Colorado ................       14           10         17         17        1,064          827       1,675      1,379
Connecticut .............        5          (2)          7          9          424          (2)         523        837
Delaware ................        6          (2)          5          3          347          (2)         403        153
District of Columbia ....      (2)            -        (2)        (2)          (2)            -         (2)        (2)
Florida .................       86           91        105         72        6,010        6,001       9,277      3,911
Georgia .................       26           24         32         28        3,225        2,438       2,969      3,012
Hawaii ..................        7            3          5        (2)          488          182         401        (2)
Idaho ...................       19            7          5         21        2,071        1,011         362      2,085

Illinois ................      101           35         60         59       10,794        5,053       7,281      5,386
Indiana .................       43           10         26         30        4,323          846       4,349      3,799
Iowa ....................       25            3         14         24        2,648          362       1,397      3,716
Kansas ..................        8            8          6          8          741        1,245         737      1,205
Kentucky ................       41           10         20         21        3,649        1,454       2,828      1,744
Louisiana ...............       35           11         19         17        2,795          688       1,554      1,351
Maine ...................        6          (2)          -          6          674          (2)           -        528
Maryland ................        6            6          9          7          486          528         796        529
Massachusetts ...........       11            7         11         17          803          476         858      1,449
Michigan ................       78           11         34         74        8,549          758       3,010      7,199
Minnesota ...............       55            5         26         39        4,905          412       3,056      3,316
Mississippi .............        9           12         15         25          512          741       1,017      1,964
Missouri ................       48           19         37         29        3,195        1,115       2,866      2,159

Montana .................       10            4          9         12          758          332         831      1,074
Nebraska ................        6            5          6          8          611          550         560        643
Nevada ..................       33           13         26         28        3,891        1,238       2,396      2,186
New Hampshire ...........        4          (2)          3          3          279          (2)         302        218
New Jersey ..............       52           22         31         33        5,277        1,665       2,517      4,247
New Mexico ..............        7            3          7          8          476          238         545        636
New York ................       75           52         61         54        6,281        5,499       5,443      4,471
North Carolina (3) ......       30           13         21         78        4,273        1,372       1,697      8,019
North Dakota ............        5            -          -          6          557            -           -        528
Ohio ....................       59           22         45         64        5,233        1,638       4,734      6,234
Oklahoma ................       10          (2)          7          5        1,438          (2)         484        441
Oregon ..................       35           17         22         28        3,464        1,635       2,540      2,676
Pennsylvania ............      118           71        129         95       11,666        5,890      11,022      7,709

Rhode Island ............        3          (2)        (2)        (2)          297          (2)         (2)        (2)
South Carolina ..........       20            7         21         19        1,456          724       3,479      1,501
South Dakota ............      (2)            -          -          -          (2)            -           -          -
Tennessee ...............       17            6         15         11        1,229          417       1,006        975
Texas ...................       69           49         52         66        6,817        4,814       4,739      7,445
Utah ....................        4            4          7          9          256          338         758        977
Vermont .................       11          (2)        (2)          5        1,273          (2)         (2)        736
Virginia ................       31           11         19         32        3,021          689       2,444      3,111
Washington ..............       27           11         22         37        2,197          714       2,181      3,294
West Virginia ...........      (2)            -          -          5          (2)            -           -        457
Wisconsin ...............      101           37         62         90       10,366        2,985       6,300      9,216
Wyoming .................      (2)            -          4        (2)          (2)            -         604        (2)

Puerto Rico .............       22           16         22         11        2,177        1,382       2,191      1,046
 
   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   2 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   3 Data starting in November 2010 may not be comparable to prior data due to a change in MLS unemployment insurance 
     input procedures.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.  




Last Modified Date: December 22, 2010