Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.


The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

September 2011

Characteristics of displaced workers 2007-2009: a visual essay

James Marschall Borbely

Individuals who are displaced from their job often face difficulties finding new employment. Since 1984, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration has sponsored surveys of displaced workers. These surveys have been conducted biennially in January as a supplement to the Current Population Survey, the nation's monthly labor force survey. The supplemental survey collects information on the number and characteristics of people age 20 and over who lost or left jobs during the prior 3 years because their plant or company closed or moved, there was insufficient work, or their position or shift was abolished. Information also is gathered about the job they lost and whether they are employed, unemployed, or no longer in the labor force at the time of the survey.

Download PDF »