September 24, 2009 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Mass layoff initial claims, August 2009

Mass layoff initial claimants for unemployment insurance, January 2006ľAugust 2009, seasonally adjusted
Month Initial claimants

Jan 2006

111,601

Feb 2006

104,045

Mar 2006

118,270

Apr 2006

123,674

May 2006

116,808

Jun 2006

124,955

Jul 2006

123,172

Aug 2006

136,289

Sep 2006

124,083

Oct 2006

121,439

Nov 2006

131,459

Dec 2006

133,311

Jan 2007

129,190

Feb 2007

134,524

Mar 2007

129,480

Apr 2007

130,263

May 2007

119,259

Jun 2007

132,078

Jul 2007

131,556

Aug 2007

125,334

Sep 2007

125,527

Oct 2007

133,514

Nov 2007

143,419

Dec 2007

145,916

Jan 2008

149,068

Feb 2008

183,038

Mar 2008

161,497

Apr 2008

135,352

May 2008

180,558

Jun 2008

174,748

Jul 2008

152,499

Aug 2008

188,951

Sep 2008

240,721

Oct 2008

230,330

Nov 2008

225,639

Dec 2008

226,117

Jan 2009

237,902

Feb 2009

295,477

Mar 2009

299,388

Apr 2009

271,226

May 2009

312,880

Jun 2009

279,231

Jul 2009

206,791

Aug 2009

259,307

These data featured in the TED article, Mass layoff initial claims, August 2009.