Table 1. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, selected industries, Massachusetts, annual totals
Industry Mass layoff events Initial claimants for unemployment insurance
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

Total1

162 275 170 170 157 14,911 25,608 15,749 21,084 17,392

Total private

151 252 152 162 151 14,073 23,153 13,920 19,943 16,944

Total, private nonfarm

151 251 151 160 150 14,073 23,091 13,849 19,791 16,869

Construction

9 9 10 10 5 622 551 632 712 349

Heavy and civil engineering construction

2 3 4 6 2 2 199 253 396 2

Specialty trade contractors

2 4 2 2 2 2 221 2 2 2

Manufacturing

48 98 40 30 41 3,771 8,884 3,247 2,205 4,008

Food

2 6 11 2 6 2 519 759 2 540

Textile mills

2 4 - 2 2 2 328 - 2 2

Apparel

2 6 2 2 2 2 386 2 2 2

Paper

2 2 4 2 2 2 2 284 2 2

Petroleum and coal products

2 2 2 - 5 2 2 2 - 328

Plastics and rubber products

5 2 2 - 2 385 2 2 - 2

Nonmetallic mineral products

- 6 2 2 2 - 412 2 2 2

Primary metals

2 5 - - - 2 367 - - -

Fabricated metal products

2 7 4 2 2 2 610 545 2 2

Machinery

2 10 2 2 2 2 1,053 2 2 2

Computer and electronic products

7 27 2 2 8 414 2,636 2 2 502

Transportation equipment

- 2 4 2 2 - 2 317 2 2

Miscellaneous manufacturing 3

2 7 4 2 2 2 582 364 2 2

Wholesale trade

2 7 4 2 2 2 554 387 2 2

Retail trade

17 27 16 24 16 1,241 2,716 1,736 1,971 1,352

General merchandise stores

6 11 6 8 7 452 929 628 598 602

Transportation and warehousing

33 30 32 34 26 3,438 3,144 2,924 3,992 3,811

Transit and ground passenger transportation

29 26 28 30 24 3,124 2,784 2,627 3,155 3,635

Information

5 6 6 5 2 403 443 449 5,307 2

Telecommunications 3

2 2 2 3 - 2 2 2 5,119 -

Finance and insurance

7 12 2 4 6 649 1,184 2 247 437

Credit intermediation and related activities

5 5 2 2 4 533 530 2 2 310

Professional and technical services

2 11 2 2 2 2 715 2 2 2

Administrative and waste services 3

12 16 14 19 18 1,054 1,377 1,091 1,440 1,372

Educational services

- 6 2 - 2 - 478 2 - 2

Health care and social assistance

3 2 5 4 6 207 2 307 381 371

Social assistance

2 2 2 2 3 2 2 2 2 181

Accommodation and food services

12 22 18 21 21 2,219 2,589 2,512 2,836 3,926

Accommodations

2 8 2 5 2 2 668 2 406 2

Food services and drinking places

8 14 13 16 17 1,851 1,921 2,146 2,430 3,615

Government

11 23 18 8 6 838 2,455 1,829 1,141 448

Federal

4 6 4 3 2 316 553 668 348 120

State

- 4 2 1 1 - 271 114 57 64

Local

7 13 12 4 3 522 1,631 1,047 736 264

Footnotes:
(1) Total includes all industries, including those not listed in the table.
(2) Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
(3)Data beginning in 2008 are not strictly comparable to prior years due to change in NAICS versions.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.


Mass Layoffs Data Discontinued
On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all "measuring green jobs" products. The final release of Mass Layoffs Statistics data will occur on June 21st, with publication of the May 2013 data.

 

Last Modified Date: May 9, 2013