April 27, 2005
Among the States, California recorded the highest number of initial unemployment insurance claims filed due to mass layoff events in March 2005, mostly in the motion picture and sound recording industries.
Ohio had the next highest number of initial claims reported, followed by Pennsylvania and Michigan. These four States accounted for 49 percent of all mass layoff events and 52 percent of all initial claims for unemployment insurance in March 2005.
These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. Each mass layoff event involves at least 50 persons from a single establishment. Mass layoffs data for February and March 2005 are preliminary and subject to revision. To learn more, see "Mass Layoffs in March 2005" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 05-731.