Mass layoffs in February 2013

March 27, 2013

Employers took 1,422 mass layoff actions in February involving 135,468 workers as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month. Mass layoff events increased by 94 from January, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 1,442.

Mass layoff events:  

Mass layoff events, seasonally adjusted, February 2010–February 2013
MonthMass layoff events

Feb 2010

1,647

Mar 2010

1,703

Apr 2010

1,622

May 2010

1,585

Jun 2010

1,701

Jul 2010

1,521

Aug 2010

1,612

Sep 2010

1,526

Oct 2010

1,661

Nov 2010

1,584

Dec 2010

1,476

Jan 2011

1,522

Feb 2011

1,456

Mar 2011

1,307

Apr 2011

1,526

May 2011

1,573

Jun 2011

1,522

Jul 2011

1,566

Aug 2011

1,585

Sep 2011

1,463

Oct 2011

1,349

Nov 2011

1,312

Dec 2011

1,392

Jan 2012

1,435

Feb 2012

1,275

Mar 2012

1,290

Apr 2012

1,403

May 2012

1,370

Jun 2012

1,320

Jul 2012

1,354

Aug 2012

1,297

Sep 2012

1,346

Oct 2012

1,400

Nov 2012

1,749

Dec 2012

1,509

Jan 2013

1,328

Feb 2013

1,422

In February, 295 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector resulting in 39,407 initial claims. The manufacturing sector accounted for 21 percent of mass layoff events and 28 percent of associated initial claims in the private economy. Within manufacturing, the numbers of mass layoff claimants were highest in transportation equipment and in food.

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. To learn more, see "Mass Layoffs — February 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-13-0479. Each mass layoff event involves at least 50 persons from a single employer.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Mass layoffs in February 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130327.htm (visited April 24, 2014).

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