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The Bureau of Labor Statistics has two types of data about work stoppages: Work Stoppages program data and the Strike Report.

The Work Stoppages program provides monthly and annual data and analysis 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 monthly data list all work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers that occurred during the full calendar month for each month of the year. The annualized data provide statistics, analysis and details of each work stoppage of 1,000 or more workers that occurred during the year. The work stoppages data are gathered from public news sources, such as newspapers and the Internet. The BLS does not distinguish between strikes and lock-outs in the data; both are included in the term "work stoppages".

The Strike Report is a summary of strike activity during the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey reference period, which includes the 12th of the month. See the Work Stoppages Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the differences between Work Stoppages and the Strike Report.

Latest WSP News Release

25 major work stoppages in 2019 is the largest number in the 2010-2019 decade

02/11/2020

In 2019, 25 major strikes and lockouts idled 425,500 workers, including 13 work stoppages in the educational services industry which idled 270,000 workers.
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Work Stoppages information is available by calling (202) 691-6199 or you can submit a work stoppages data question by email.

 

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Major Work Stoppages News Release

Number of work stoppages involving 1,000 workers or more

Beginning in the period
0(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

In effect in the period
2(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Number of workers involved in work stoppages

Beginning in the period
0.0(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

In effect in the period
3.6(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

Days of idleness resulting from work stoppages

In effect in the period
68.4(p) in Feb 2020 Historical Data

As a percent of working time
0.00%(p,2) in Feb 2020 Historical Data