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June 2011

How occupational employment is affected by mass layoffs

Dina Itkin, Laurie A. Salmon

An analysis of business establishment microdata—created by combining microdata from the Occupational Employment Statistics program and the Mass Layoff Statistics program—reveals that jobs lost between 2000 and 2007 in establishments where extended mass layoffs occurred tended to be those which required less training and fewer analytical skills; jobs in occupations that were core to the specific industry generally were retained.

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