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Mass Layoff Statistics: Overview

The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program collects reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs.

NOTE: The Mass Layoff Statistics program was eliminated as part of the 2013 across-the-board spending cuts required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act. For more information regarding these cuts, please see: https://www.bls.gov/bls/sequester_info.htm.The material in the Handbook reflects the methodology in place before these cuts.

Quick Facts: Mass Layoff Statistics
Subject areas Unemployment
Key measures
  • Mass layoff events
How the data are obtained Administrative records
Classification system Demographic, Industry
Periodicity of data availability Monthly, Quarterly
Geographic detail National, State
Scope Private sector
Key products
  • Mass layoffs news release
  • Extended mass layoffs news release
  • Extended mass layoffs report
Program webpage

Last Modified Date: September 30, 2015