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MASS LAYOFFS IN MISSOURI – 2010 ANNUAL TOTALS (PDF)


Employers in Missouri took 420 mass layoff actions in 2010 that resulted in the separation of 32,586 workers, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the year, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1.) Each action involved at least 50 persons from a single employer. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that the number of claims in 2010 was the second-lowest recorded in the State since 1996 when annual data first became available. Only one year earlier, in 2009, initial claims had totaled 54,046, third highest count on record.

Chart 1. Mass layoff initial claims, Missouri, annual totals, 2005 - 2010

Chart 1. Mass layoff initial claims, Missouri, annual totals, 2005-10

Industry distribution

Of all the industry sectors in Missouri, manufacturing experienced the most mass layoff events in 2010 with 95. (See table 1.) This sector also had the largest number of initial claimants at 7,817, accounting for 24.0 percent of the State's total. (See chart 1.) Even though manufacturing accounted for the largest number of Missouri's initial claimants in 2010, it was the lowest recorded for this industry since the inception of the series in 1996. Construction had the second-highest mass layoff count, 53, but the 3,150 associated claims for unemployment insurance ranked fourth in the State; even so, this industry reached a series high in claims in 2010. (See table A.) Accommodation and food services, with 45 events, ranked second in claims with 4,234, followed by retail trade with 3,262 claims.

Table A. Sectors reaching series highs for mass layoff initial claimants in 2010, Missouri
Sector Initial claimants for unemployment insurance

Construction

3,150

Local government

1,250

State government

547

Manufacturing had the largest decrease in mass layoff-related claims from 2009 to 2010 with a decline of 17,597, followed by transportation and warehousing (-1,850), finance and insurance (-1,102), and administrative and waste services (-996). All four of these industries had posted increases from 2008 to 2009. (See table B.)

On a percentage basis, finance and insurance experienced the largest decrease in annual claims from 2009 to 2010, down 74.1 percent, followed by manufacturing, down 69.2 percent.

Table B. Sectors with at least 500 fewer mass layoff initial claims in 2010, Missouri
Sector Net change from 2008 - 09 Net change from 2009 - 10

Manufacturing

4,059 -17,597

Transportation and warehousing

1,230 -1,850

Finance and insurance

933 -1,102

Administrative and waste services

1,270 -996

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

-12 -504

Nine industry sectors registered increases in the number of initial claims associated with mass layoff events in 2010. Two of these sectors, local government and state government, recorded the highest numbers of initial claims since publication began. Local government had 1,250 claims and the state government, 547. Two additional sectors—retail trade (3,262 claims) and information (834 claims)—reported the second-highest levels in the history of these series.

Among the states, California recorded the greatest number of initial claims during 2010 with 419,809, followed by New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Florida. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia experienced over-the-year decreases in total initial claims for the year. The largest declines in claims occurred in California (-112,219) and Illinois (-102,218).


Technical Note

The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program is a federal-state program that uses a standardized automated approach to identifying, describing, and tracking the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each state's unemployment insurance database. Each month, states report on employers which have at least 50 initial claims filed against them during a consecutive 5-week period. These employers then are contacted by the state agency to determine whether these separations lasted 31 days or longer, and, if so, other information concerning the layoff is collected. States report on layoffs lasting more than 1 month on a quarterly basis.

A given month contains an aggregation of the weekly unemployment insurance claims filings for the Sunday through Saturday weeks in that month. All weeks are included for the particular month, except if the first day of the month falls on Saturday. In this case, the week is included in the prior month's tabulations. This means that some months will contain 4 weeks and others, 5 weeks. The number of weeks in a given month may be different from year to year, and the number of weeks in a year may vary. Therefore, analysis of over-the-month and over-the-year change in not seasonally adjusted series should take this calendar effect into consideration.

The MLS program resumed operations in April 1995 after it had been terminated in November 1992 due to lack of funding. Prior to April 1995, monthly layoff statistics were not available.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Definitions

Employer. Employers in the MLS program include those covered by state unemployment insurance laws. Information on employers is obtained from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, which is administered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Industry. Employers are classified according to the 2007 version of the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). For temporary help and professional employer organization industries, monthly MLS-related statistics generally reflect layoffs related to underlying client companies in other industries. An individual layoff action at a client company can be small, but when initial claimants associated with many such layoffs are assigned to a temporary help or professional employer organization firm, a mass layoff event may trigger.

Initial claimant. A person who files any notice of unemployment to initiate a request either for a determination of entitlement to and eligibility for compensation, or for a subsequent period of unemployment within a benefit year or period of eligibility.

Mass layoff event. Fifty or more initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits filed against an employer during a 5-week period, regardless of duration.

Additional information

For personal assistance or further information on the Mass Layoffs program, as well as other Bureau programs, contact the Mountain-Plains Information Office at 816-285-7000 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

Table 1. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, Missouri, selected sectors, annual totals
Industry Mass layoff events Initial claims for unemployment insurance
2007 2008 2009 2010 2007 2008 2009 2010

Total, all industries (1)

329 433 551 420 33,557 43,451 54,046 32,586

  Total private

315 415 528 389 32,208 41,909 51,989 30,173

  Total private nonfarm

315 415 527 389 32,208 41,909 51,941 30,173

    Mining quarrying and oil and gas extraction

(3) 3 5 5 (3) 310 470 289

      Mining except oil and gas

(3) (3) (3) 5 (3) (3) (3) 289

      Support activities for mining

- (3) 3 - - (3) 213 -

    Construction

31 47 50 53 1,944 2,900 3,136 3,150

      Construction of buildings

6 10 14 10 325 624 971 676

      Heavy and civil engineering construction

14 13 14 20 1,056 925 924 1,142

      Specialty trade contractors

11 24 22 23 563 1,351 1,241 1,332

    Manufacturing

132 162 221 95 18,028 21,355 25,414 7,817

      Food

9 13 17 17 608 1,029 1,136 1,332

      Beverage and tobacco products

(3) 5 3 (3) (3) 273 238 (3)

      Textile product mills (2)

- - 3 (3) - - 347 (3)

      Apparel (2)

3 4 6 4 220 194 290 270

      Leather and allied products

5 3 3 3 545 236 261 196

      Wood products

5 5 5 (3) 351 317 283 (3)

      Printing and related support activities

(3) (3) 3 - (3) (3) 175 -

      Petroleum and coal products

(3) (3) (3) 3 (3) (3) (3) 206

      Chemicals

7 5 9 5 372 339 1,044 605

      Plastics and rubber products (2)

5 9 18 3 360 730 2,097 314

      Nonmetallic mineral products

5 5 7 (3) 366 390 359 (3)

      Primary metals

7 11 8 (3) 474 843 563 (3)

      Fabricated metal products

7 11 18 7 816 952 1,528 580

      Machinery (2)

12 11 26 11 1,943 870 3,275 1,096

      Computer and electronic products

5 6 7 - 456 1,315 537 -

      Electrical equipment and appliances

9 10 17 3 596 563 1,766 254

      Transportation equipment (2)

41 53 55 21 9,862 12,460 10,339 1,541

      Furniture and related products (2)

6 7 9 3 529 591 835 345

      Miscellaneous manufacturing (2)

(3) (3) 5 5 (3) (3) 254 406

    Wholesale trade

(3) 3 10 (3) (3) 179 724 (3)

      Merchant wholesalers durable goods

- (3) 5 - - (3) 379 -

      Merchant wholesalers nondurable goods

(3) (3) 4 (3) (3) (3) 271 (3)

    Retail trade

16 21 33 32 1,150 2,065 2,952 3,262

      Building material and garden supply stores

(3) 3 6 6 (3) 176 364 367

      Food and beverage stores

- - (3) 4 - - (3) 300

      Gasoline stations

3 5 5 5 160 331 295 338

      General merchandise stores

6 9 12 11 290 1,093 1,330 1,630

      Nonstore retailers

4 (3) 5 4 555 (3) 677 531

    Transportation and warehousing

28 34 38 31 2,666 3,499 4,729 2,879

      Truck transportation

5 10 15 6 312 654 1,043 462

      Transit and ground passenger transportation

21 21 20 20 2,177 2,612 3,517 2,017

    Information

6 7 13 13 390 579 762 834

      Publishing industries except Internet

5 5 7 6 345 371 404 446

      Telecommunications

- (3) 5 6 - (3) 277 344

    Finance and insurance (2)

5 8 13 8 339 555 1,488 386

      Credit intermediation and related activities

(3) 6 8 4 (3) 373 1,185 181

      Insurance carriers and related activities

3 - 3 3 227 - 203 159

    Real estate and rental and leasing (2)

(3) (3) (3) 3 (3) (3) (3) 153

      Rental and leasing services

(3) (3) (3) 3 (3) (3) (3) 153

    Professional and technical services (2)

(3) 5 8 7 (3) 322 646 592

    Management of companies and enterprises

- (3) - 3 - (3) - 310

    Administrative and waste services (2)

29 41 58 48 1,837 2,821 4,091 3,095

      Administrative and support services (2)

29 41 58 48 1,837 2,821 4,091 3,095

    Educational services

- - (3) 3 - - (3) 198

    Health care and social assistance

14 16 18 22 1,075 1,338 1,458 1,588

      Hospitals

- - 4 7 - - 242 439

      Social assistance

13 15 13 14 1,020 1,281 1,152 1,107

    Arts entertainment and recreation

8 17 13 12 623 1,288 1,276 772

      Performing arts and spectator sports

6 10 5 5 352 529 304 313

      Amusements gambling and recreation

(3) 7 8 7 (3) 759 972 459

    Accommodation and food services

32 39 39 45 3,133 3,843 4,314 4,234

      Accommodations

3 5 9 8 144 258 597 464

      Food services and drinking places

29 34 30 37 2,989 3,585 3,717 3,770

    Other services except public administration

7 7 6 8 513 501 374 523

      Membership associations and organizations

6 7 6 8 448 501 374 523

  Government

14 18 23 31 1,349 1,542 2,057 2,413

    Federal

5 7 5 8 689 789 555 616

    State

3 5 7 8 226 302 413 547

    Local

6 6 11 15 434 451 1,089 1,250

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

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: May 18, 2011