June 23, 2011
The number of initial claims for unemployment insurance due to mass layoffs was 119,911 in May, 2011 (not seasonally adjusted) a decrease of 3,422, or 3 percent, from May 2010. Two of the 4 regions and 5 of the 9 divisions experienced over-the-year decreases in initial claims for unemployment insurance in May.
Among the census regions, the West registered the largest over-the-year decrease in initial claims. Of the geographic divisions, the Pacific had the largest over-the-year decline in initial claims.
The East South Central division (in the South region) registered the largest over-the-year increase in initial claims.
California recorded the highest number of mass layoff initial claims in May, followed by Pennsylvania, Florida, and Mississippi. There were 29 states that experienced over-the-year increases in initial claims; the largest of these increases occurred in Mississippi.
These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. See "Mass Layoffs–May 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-1452, to learn more. Each mass layoff action involved at least 50 persons from a single employer.