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

Beginning in the period 2(p) in Dec 2022 Historical Data

In effect in the period 5(p) in Dec 2022 Historical Data

Number of workers involved in work stoppages

Beginning in the period 2.9(p) in Dec 2022 Historical Data

In effect in the period 53.8(p) in Dec 2022 Historical Data

Days of idleness resulting from work stoppages

In effect in the period 741.4(p) in Dec 2022 Historical Data

As a percent of working time 0.02%(p) in Dec 2022 Historical Data

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Latest News Release

In 2021, 16 major work stoppages began in the year, idling 80,700 workers


In 2021, 16 major strikes and lockouts began in the year and idled 80,700 workers. Major work stoppages in the health care and social assistance industry idled 45,400 workers and the manufacturing industry idled 16,600 workers.

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Major Work Stoppages for Annual 2022 is scheduled to be released in February 2023 at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time.
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The Economics Daily

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16 major work stoppages in 2021

In 2021, there were 16 major work stoppages beginning during the year. There were 8 major work stoppages beginning in 2020, and 25 in 2019. Between 2000 and 2021, an average of 17 work stoppages have begun each year. The lowest annual total of major work stoppages was 5 in 2009, while the highest was 470 in 1952. read more »