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

Mass layoffs and initial claims in October 2009

Mass layoff events, seasonally adjusted, October 2007–October 2009
Month Mass layoff events

Oct 2007

1,346

Nov 2007

1,352

Dec 2007

1,469

Jan 2008

1,476

Feb 2008

1,669

Mar 2008

1,585

Apr 2008

1,344

May 2008

1,701

Jun 2008

1,717

Jul 2008

1,535

Aug 2008

1,887

Sep 2008

2,290

Oct 2008

2,204

Nov 2008

2,333

Dec 2008

2,275

Jan 2009

2,227

Feb 2009

2,769

Mar 2009

2,933

Apr 2009

2,712

May 2009

2,933

Jun 2009

2,763

Jul 2009

2,157

Aug 2009

2,690

Sep 2009

2,561

Oct 2009

2,127

These data featured in the TED article, Mass layoffs and initial claims in October 2009.