Mass layoffs in April 2013

May 23, 2013

Employers took 1,199 mass layoff actions in April involving 116,849 workers as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month (seasonally adjusted). The number of mass layoff events decreased by 138 from March, and the number of associated initial claims decreased by 11,090.

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

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

Mar 2013

1,337

Apr 2013

1,199

The manufacturing sector accounted for 22 percent of mass layoff events and associated initial claims in the private economy in April (not seasonally adjusted). Within manufacturing, the numbers of mass layoff claimants were highest in food and in machinery. Nine of the 21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims.

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. To learn more, see “Mass Layoffs — April 2013” (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑0990. Each mass layoff event involved at least 50 workers from a single employer.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Mass layoffs in April 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130523.htm (visited July 30, 2014).

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