Record decreases in extended mass layoffs, 2009 Q1

May 14, 2010

Both mass layoff events and mass layoff separations decreased by record amounts from the same period a year earlier, when layoffs and associated separated workers reached program highs (with data available back to 1995).

Extended mass layoff events and separations, first quarter 2005–first quarter 2010
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Employers initiated 1,564 mass layoff events in the first quarter of 2010 that resulted in the separation of 221,150 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. In the first quarter of 2009, there were 3,979 mass layoff events and 705,141 separations.

In the first quarter of 2010, 17 of 18 major industry sectors in the private nonfarm economy registered sharp declines over the year in the number of extended mass layoff events.

Extended mass layoff events, selected industries, first quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010
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There were record decreases in the number of layoff events in 12 industries: mining; manufacturing; wholesale trade; retail trade; transportation and warehousing; information; finance and insurance; real estate and rental and leasing; professional and technical services; management of companies and enterprises; administrative and waste services; and other services, except public administration.

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. See "Extended Mass Layoffs — First Quarter of 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-0644, to learn more. The quarterly series on extended mass layoffs cover layoffs of at least 31-days duration that involve 50 or more individuals from a single employer filing initial claims for unemployment insurance during a consecutive 5-week period. Data for the most recent quarter are preliminary.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Record decreases in extended mass layoffs, 2009 Q1 on the Internet at (visited October 01, 2016).


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