February 23, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Extended mass layoffs in 2009

Number of separations due to mass layoffs, 19962009
Year Separations

1996

948,122

1997

947,843

1998

991,245

1999

901,451

2000

915,962

2001

1,524,832

2002

1,272,331

2003

1,216,886

2004

993,909

2005

884,661

2006

935,969

2007

965,935

2008

1,516,978

2009

2,023,392 (p)

Footnotes:
(p) = preliminary

These data featured in the TED article, Extended mass layoffs in 2009.

 

 

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