Bureau of Labor Statistics

Mass layoff events in May 2007

June 25, 2007

In May, employers took 1,190 mass layoff actions, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month.

Mass layoff events, seasonally adjusted, May 2006-May 2007
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Each action involved at least 50 persons from a single establishment; the number of workers involved totaled 119,089, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The number of mass layoff events decreased by 28 from the prior month, and the number of associated initial claims fell by 5,644.

During May, 363 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 48,849 initial claims. Compared with the prior month, mass layoff activity in manufacturing decreased by 20 events, while initial claims increased by 5,076.

From January through May 2007, the total number of events (seasonally adjusted), at 6,201, and initial claims (seasonally adjusted), at 644,854, were higher than in January-May 2006 (5,555 and 577,696, respectively).

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. To learn more, see "Mass Layoffs in May 2007" (PDF) (TXT), news release USDL 07-0878.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mass layoff events in May 2007 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2007/jun/wk4/art01.htm (visited November 28, 2021).


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