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December 28, 2011 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Mass layoffs in November 2011

Private nonfarm industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims for unemployment insurance, November 2011, not seasonally adjusted
Industry Initial claims November peak
Year Initial claims

Highway, street, and bridge construction

9,355 2001 14,641

Temporary help services

8,767 2000 19,023

Food service contractors

5,672 2007 6,163

School and employee bus transportation

5,068 2011 5,068

Automobile manufacturing

3,074 2007 8,416

Motion picture and video production

2,073 2000 8,664

Professional employer organizations

2,007 2008 5,873

Travel trailer and camper manufacturing

1,793 2006 3,548

Landscaping services

1,653 2002 2,129

Industrial building construction

1,555 2002 3,306

These data are featured in the TED article, Mass layoffs in November 2011.



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