January 31, 2011

Mass layoffs in 2010

Initial claimants for unemployment insurance, 1996–2010, not seasonally adjusted
Year Initial claimants

1996

1,437,628

1997

1,542,543

1998

1,771,069

1999

1,572,399

2000

1,835,592

2001

2,514,862

2002

2,245,051

2003

1,888,926

2004

1,607,158

2005

1,795,341

2006

1,484,391

2007

1,598,875

2008

2,130,220

2009

2,796,456

2010

1,854,596

These data featured in the TED article, Mass layoffs in 2010.

 

Industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims in 2010, not seasonally adjusted
Industry Initial claims

Temporary health services

117,391

School and employee bus transportation

91,066

Food service contractors

75,004

Elementary and secondary schools

64,755

Motion picture and video production

45,856

Highway, street, and bridge construction

42,096

Professional employer organizations

40,396

Automobile manufacturing

35,416

Discount department stores

29,986

Supermarkets and other grocery stores

24,534

These data featured in the TED article, Mass layoffs in 2010.