Bureau of Labor Statistics

Mass layoffs in August 2011

September 27, 2011

Employers took 1,587 mass layoff actions in August involving 165,547 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month.

Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, August 2008–August 2011, seasonally adjusted
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The number of mass layoff events in August increased by 8 from July, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 20,547.

In August, 391 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 48,997 initial claims.

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. For more information, see "Mass Layoffs — August 2011" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-11-1375. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mass layoffs in August 2011 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2011/ted_20110927.htm (visited January 16, 2022).

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