Mass layoffs in November

December 23, 2005

In November 2005, employers took 1,183 mass layoff actions, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month.

Mass layoff events, seasonally adjusted, November 2004-November 2005
[Chart data—TXT]

Each action involved at least 50 persons from a single establishment, and the number of workers involved totaled 118,098, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The number of layoff events in November rose by 95 from October and the number of associated initial claims increased by 11,860.

Data have been tabulated on the results of employer interviews for 899 mass layoff events that were potentially related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These layoff events occurred almost entirely in Louisiana and Mississippi during the period from August 28 to October 1. Of these events, 343 were identified by the employer as directly or indirectly due to the hurricanes and lasting more than 30 days. The number of workers in these extended mass layoffs totaled 49,480, not seasonally adjusted.

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. Mass layoffs data for October and November 2005 are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Mass Layoffs in November 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-2352.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mass layoffs in November on the Internet at (visited October 01, 2016).


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.