August 25, 2011
Employers took 1,579 mass layoff actions in July involving 145,000 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month.
The number of mass layoff events in July increased by 47 (or 3 percent) from June, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 1,556 (or 1 percent).
In July, 342 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 35,460 initial claims; in June, there were 341 mass layoff events, resulting in 35,693 initial claims.
These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. For more information, see "Mass Layoffs — July 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1245. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer.