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Work Stoppages

Work Stoppages Home Page

The Work Stoppages program provides monthly and annual data of major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers lasting one full shift or longer. The monthly and annual data show the establishment and union(s) involved in the work stoppage along with the location, the number of workers and the days of idleness. 


  • The Days idle as a percentage of working time measure published by the Work Stoppages program will be discontinued with the May 2024 publication. Read More »

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Latest Numbers

Major Work Stoppages News Release
Number of work stoppages involving 1,000 workers or more

Beginning in the period 1(p) in Jun 2024 Historical Data

In effect in the period 4(p) in Jun 2024 Historical Data

Number of workers involved in work stoppages

Beginning in the period 19.0(p) in Jun 2024 Historical Data

In effect in the period 37.1(p) in Jun 2024 Historical Data

Days of idleness resulting from work stoppages

In effect in the period 199.5(p) in Jun 2024 Historical Data

As a percent of working time -%(d) in Jun 2024 Historical Data

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Latest News Release

There are 33 major work stoppages beginning in 2023, idling 458,900 workers


In 2023, 33 major work stoppages began in the year and idled 458,900 workers. The education and health services sector accounted for the idling of 188,900 workers, or 41.2 percent of idled workers over the year.

Next Release

Major Work Stoppages for Annual 2024 is scheduled to be released in February 2025 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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Spotlight on Statistics

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Keeping America Moving: Characteristics of the Transportation and Warehousing Industry

National Transportation Week, created in 1962 and celebrated from May 12–18 this year, recognizes those who build and operate our Nation’s transportation systems. Observance of the week sprung from National Defense Transportation Day which dates to 1957, a year after President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act leading to the creation of the interstate highway system. read more »

The Economics Daily

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33 major work stoppages began in 2023

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. read more »