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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. 

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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 0(p) in Dec 2021 Historical Data

In effect in the period 4(p) in Dec 2021 Historical Data

Number of workers involved in work stoppages

Beginning in the period 0.0(p) in Dec 2021 Historical Data

In effect in the period 7.3(p) in Dec 2021 Historical Data

Days of idleness resulting from work stoppages

In effect in the period 144.9(p) in Dec 2021 Historical Data

As a percent of working time 0.00%(p,2) in Dec 2021 Historical Data

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Latest News Release

In 2020 there were 8 major work stoppages, the third lowest number since 1947


In 2020, 8 major strikes and lockouts began in the year and idled 27,000 workers. Three work stoppages in the educational services industry idled 9,300 workers with a cumulative 56,500 days of idleness lasting a total of 19 workdays.

Next Release

Major Work Stoppages for Annual 2021 is scheduled to be released on February 23, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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The Economics Daily

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8 major work stoppages began during 2020

There were 8 major work stoppages beginning during 2020. This year had the third lowest number of major work stoppages since the data began in 1947. The lowest annual total was 5 in 2009, followed by 7 in 2017. read more »