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October 2012

Which layoffs—and which laid-off workers—are in the Mass Layoff Statistics?

Elizabeth Weber Handwerker, Lowell G. Mason

Employers surveyed in the Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program are larger, pay higher wages, and have larger drops in employment than other employers with declining employment not surveyed in the MLS program; workers in the MLS are older, appear more likely to file for unemployment insurance, and appear to collect unemployment insurance over a longer period than the general population of recently unemployed workers.

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