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33 major work stoppages began in 2023

February 29, 2024

There were 33 major work stoppages that began in 2023, the largest number since 39 began in 2000. There were two work stoppages that began in 2022 and carried over from 2022 into 2023.

Major work stoppages, 2000 to 2023
Year Beginning during the year In effect during the year

2000

39 40

2001

29 30

2002

19 20

2003

14 15

2004

17 18

2005

22 24

2006

20 23

2007

21 23

2008

15 16

2009

5 5

2010

11 11

2011

19 19

2012

19 21

2013

15 15

2014

11 11

2015

12 13

2016

15 16

2017

7 7

2018

20 21

2019

25 27

2020

8 10

2021

16 17

2022

23 26

2023

33 35

There were 458,900 workers involved in major work stoppages that began in 2023. The information industry, which includes the motion picture industry, had the largest number of idled workers, at 171,500.

Number of workers involved in major work stoppages that began in 2023, by industry
Industry sector Number of workers

Total

458,900

Information

171,500

Health care and social assistance

103,200

Educational Services

85,700

Manufacturing

61,200

Accommodation and Food Services

15,000

Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

12,100

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

4,300

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

3,700

Transportation and warehousing

1,100

Finance and Insurance

1,100

These data are from Work Stoppages Program. Major work stoppages include both worker-initiated strikes and employer-initiated lockouts that involve 1,000 or more workers and last at least one shift during the work week, Monday through Friday excluding federal holidays. To learn more, see "Major Work Stoppages in 2023". We have historical work stoppages analysis factsheets available as well.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 33 major work stoppages began in 2023 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2024/33-major-work-stoppages-began-in-2023.htm (visited April 22, 2024).

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