Economic News Release

Mass Layoffs (Monthly) News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, July 22, 2011                        USDL-11-1083

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                       MASS LAYOFFS -- JUNE 2011


Employers took 1,532 mass layoff actions in June involving 143,444 workers, seasonally
adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the
month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Each mass layoff involved
at least 50 workers from a single employer. The number of mass layoff events in June
decreased by 67, or 4 percent, from May, and the number of associated initial claims
decreased by 96, or less than 1 percent. In June, 341 mass layoff events were reported
in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 35,693 initial claims;
both figures decreased over the month. (See table 1.)

The national unemployment rate was 9.2 percent in June, essentially unchanged from the
prior month but down from 9.5 percent a year earlier. In June, total nonfarm payroll
employment increased by 18,000 over the month and by 1,036,000 over the year.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The number of mass layoff events in June was 1,661, not seasonally adjusted, resulting
in 159,930 initial claims for unemployment insurance. The number of mass layoff events
was down by 200 from June 2010, and associated initial claims decreased by 11,260, or
7 percent. (See table 2.) Nine of the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy
reported over-the-year declines in initial claims, with the largest decreases occurring
in accommodation and food services, retail trade, and construction. The six-digit industry
with the largest number of initial claims in June 2011 was elementary and secondary 
schools. (See table A. The table includes both publicly and privately owned entities.)



Table A. Industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims in June 2011,
not seasonally adjusted 


                                                                            June peak
                  Industry
                                                     Initial claims     Year  Initial claims

Elementary and secondary schools ..............          24,919         2010      31,849
School and employee bus transportation ........          14,733         2007      21,611
Temporary help services (1) ...................          10,002         2000      13,815
Food service contractors ......................           9,905         2007      14,527
Child day care services .......................           9,269         2011       9,269
Other individual and family services ..........           2,702         2006       2,744
Motion picture and video production ...........           2,542         2000       9,435
Mixed mode transit systems ....................             (2)         2011         (2)
Other social advocacy organizations ...........           2,035         2000       3,815
Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing .           1,999         1998       7,608

   1  See the Technical Note for more information on this industry.
   2  Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.



The manufacturing sector accounted for 14 percent of all mass layoff events and initial
claims filed in June. A year earlier, manufacturing made up 11 percent of events and
12 percent of initial claims. Within this sector, the number of claimants in June 2011
was greatest in the food and transportation equipment subsectors. Twelve of the 21 
manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year increases in initial claims, with the
largest increases occurring in food and in miscellaneous manufacturing. (See table 3.)

Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Three of the 4 regions and 7 of the 9 divisions experienced over-the-year decreases in 
initial claims for unemployment insurance due to mass layoffs in June. Among the census
regions, the West registered the largest over-the-year decrease in initial claims. Of the
geographic divisions, the Pacific had the largest over-the-year decline in initial claims.
(See table 5.)

California recorded the highest number of mass layoff initial claims in June, followed by
Pennsylvania, Texas, and Florida. Thirty-one states experienced over-the-year decreases
in initial claims, led by California. (See table 6.)

Note

The monthly data series in this release cover mass layoffs of 50 or more workers beginning
in a given month, regardless of the duration of the layoffs. For private nonfarm
establishments, information on the length of the layoff is obtained later and issued
in a quarterly release that reports on mass layoffs lasting more than 30 days (referred
to as "extended mass layoffs"). The quarterly release provides more information on the
industry classification and location of the establishment and on the demographics of the
laid-off workers. Because monthly figures include short-term layoffs of 30 days or less,
the sum of the figures for the 3 months in a quarter will be higher than the quarterly
figure for mass layoffs of more than 30 days. (See table 4.) See the Technical Note for
more detailed definitions.

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The Extended Mass Layoffs news release for the Second Quarter 2011 is scheduled to be 
released on Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). The Mass Layoffs news release
for July is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT).




Technical Note


   The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program is a federal-state program
that uses a standardized automated approach to identifying, describing,
and tracking the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each
state's unemployment insurance database.  Each month, states report on
employers which have at least 50 initial claims filed against them during
a consecutive 5-week period.  These employers then are contacted by the
state agency to determine whether these separations lasted 31 days or
longer, and, if so, other information concerning the layoff is collected.
States report on layoffs lasting more than 1 month on a quarterly basis.

   A given month contains an aggregation of the weekly unemployment
insurance claims filings for the Sunday through Saturday weeks in that
month.  All weeks are included for the particular month, except if the
first day of the month falls on Saturday.  In this case, the week is
included in the prior month's tabulations.  This means that some months
will contain 4 weeks and others, 5 weeks.  The number of weeks in a given 
month may be different from year to year, and the number of weeks in a
year may vary.  Therefore, analysis of over-the-month and over-the-year
change in not seasonally adjusted series should take this calendar effect
into consideration.

   The MLS program resumed operations in April 1995 after it had been
terminated in November 1992 due to lack of funding.  Prior to April 1995,
monthly layoff statistics were not available.

   Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired
individuals upon request.  Voice phone:  (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay
Service:  (800) 877-8339.

Definitions

   Employer.  Employers in the MLS program include those covered by state
unemployment insurance laws.  Information on employers is obtained from the
Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, which is adminis-
tered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

   Industry.  Employers are classified according to the 2007 version of the 
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS).  For temporary help
and professional employers organization industries, monthly MLS-related 
statistics generally reflect layoffs related to underlying client companies 
in other industries.  An individual layoff action at a client company can
be small, but when initial claimants associated with many such layoffs are
assigned to a temporary help or professional employer organization firm, a
mass layoff event may trigger.

   Initial claimant.  A person who files any notice of unemployment to
initiate a request either for a determination of entitlement to and
eligibility for compensation, or for a subsequent period of unemployment
within a benefit year or period of eligibility.

   Mass layoff event.  Fifty or more initial claims for unemployment insur-
ance benefits filed against an employer during a 5-week period, regardless 
of duration.

Seasonal adjustment

   Effective with the release of data for January 2005, BLS began publish-
ing six seasonally adjusted monthly MLS series.  The six series are the
numbers of mass layoff events and mass layoff initial claims for the total,
private nonfarm, and manufacturing sectors.
   
   Seasonal adjustment is the process of estimating and removing the effect
on time series data of regularly recurring seasonal events such as changes
in the weather, holidays, and the beginning and ending of the school year.
The use of seasonal adjustment makes it easier to observe fundamental changes
in time series, particularly those associated with general economic expan-
sions and contractions.

   The MLS data are seasonally adjusted using the X-12-ARIMA seasonal adjust-
ment method on a concurrent basis.  Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses all
available monthly estimates, including those for the current month, in devel-
oping seasonal adjustment factors.  Revisions to the most recent 5 years
of seasonally adjusted data will be made once a year with the issuance of
December data.  Before the data are seasonally adjusted, prior adjustments
are made to the original data to adjust them for differences in the number
of weeks used to calculate the monthly data.  Because weekly unemployment
insurance claims are aggregated to form monthly data, a particular month's
value could be calculated with 5 weeks of data in 1 year and 4 weeks in 
another.  The effects of these differences could seriously distort the sea-
sonal factors if they were ignored in the seasonal adjustment process.  These 
effects are modeled in the X-12-ARIMA program and are permanently removed from 
the final seasonally adjusted series.




Table 1. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, July 2007 to 
June 2011, seasonally adjusted 

                                      Total            Private nonfarm         Manufacturing    
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial  
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants 
                                                                                              
             2007                                                                             

July .......................     1,295     136,168     1,193     128,208       401      55,906
August .....................     1,217     122,450     1,126     115,305       312      34,877
September ..................     1,233     121,998     1,140     115,675       430      51,731
October ....................     1,330     133,063     1,210     124,455       439      56,970
November ...................     1,397     145,339     1,269     135,651       408      56,985
December ...................     1,553     154,275     1,435     144,785       463      59,445

             2008                                                                             

January ....................     1,437     146,900     1,302     135,622       431      55,562
February ...................     1,604     175,128     1,441     163,475       471      59,118
March ......................     1,500     150,502     1,388     140,424       435      56,156
April ......................     1,292     128,901     1,162     118,016       449      58,402
May ........................     1,582     161,944     1,444     152,230       468      62,452
June .......................     1,631     164,508     1,488     153,014       491      68,198
July .......................     1,581     164,497     1,443     153,720       463      62,425
August .....................     1,791     181,107     1,653     171,705       583      77,874
September ..................     2,192     233,034     2,024     219,532       635      82,471
October ....................     2,221     229,254     2,062     215,787       697      92,408
November ...................     2,415     228,107     2,256     214,631       900     102,284
December ...................     2,443     245,661     2,264     231,138       927     114,280

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     2,272     238,717     2,103     224,850       756     100,927
February ...................     2,801     315,507     2,636     300,042     1,194     138,583
March ......................     2,950     295,543     2,758     279,027     1,205     144,713
April ......................     2,579     251,032     2,368     234,796       997     121,435
May ........................     2,758     288,319     2,557     271,425     1,187     147,548
June .......................     2,506     250,275     2,293     232,814     1,048     135,389
July .......................     2,192     223,697     1,977     203,365       620      72,932
August .....................     2,419     220,262     2,177     201,951       778      83,837
September ..................     2,305     219,924     2,095     204,596       799      91,665
October ....................     1,975     195,347     1,780     177,977       570      63,646
November ...................     1,754     154,223     1,585     141,439       464      51,891
December ...................     1,725     156,274     1,545     141,649       420      43,584

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     1,716     171,633     1,541     157,597       494      60,059
February ...................     1,492     149,369     1,318     135,490       351      40,564
March ......................     1,635     146,901     1,436     131,953       347      37,273
April ......................     1,675     159,358     1,498     143,814       371      48,646
May ........................     1,665     155,352     1,405     133,913       314      30,967
June .......................     1,729     153,937     1,504     134,837       326      32,646
July .......................     1,528     138,581     1,316     121,378       296      30,752
August .....................     1,658     163,325     1,453     141,489       409      47,668
September ..................     1,541     137,941     1,331     119,654       336      34,641
October ....................     1,649     147,204     1,445     130,264       353      37,394
November ...................     1,579     148,800     1,397     133,845       350      39,072
December ...................     1,483     137,992     1,272     122,688       319      35,977

             2011                                                                             

January ....................     1,534     149,799     1,344     132,730       341      39,189
February ...................     1,421     130,818     1,220     116,190       291      26,060
March ......................     1,286     118,523     1,128     105,636       253      27,619
April ......................     1,564     143,927     1,401     129,702       327      35,022
May ........................     1,599     143,540     1,405     127,494       373      38,673
June .......................     1,532     143,444     1,348     128,105       341      35,693




Table 2. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, July 2007 to 
June 2011, not seasonally adjusted

                                       Total           Private nonfarm         Manufacturing  
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants 
                                                                                              
             2007                                                                             

July .......................     1,599     175,419     1,450     164,939       684     101,390
August .....................       963      93,458       908      88,345       220      23,361
September ..................       717      67,385       667      64,026       246      29,381
October ....................     1,083     108,455       929      97,716       338      50,918
November ...................     1,799     198,220     1,593     181,184       514      75,413
December ...................     2,167     224,214     2,071     216,898       699      91,754

             2008                                                                             

January ....................     1,647     154,503     1,520     144,191       488      54,418
February ...................     1,269     119,508     1,178     113,587       361      42,527
March ......................     1,089     114,541     1,039     110,147       333      43,740
April ......................     1,272     130,810     1,172     121,625       394      48,188
May ........................     1,552     159,471     1,438     150,462       388      51,698
June .......................     1,622     166,742     1,315     140,916       309      42,097
July .......................     1,891     200,382     1,687     186,018       760     108,733
August .....................     1,427     139,999     1,343     133,146       414      51,912
September ..................     1,292     129,586     1,202     122,505       361      46,391
October ....................     2,125     221,784     1,917     205,553       689     100,457
November ...................     2,574     241,589     2,389     226,657       997     107,620
December ...................     3,377     351,305     3,232     340,220     1,378     172,529

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     3,806     388,813     3,633     375,293     1,461     172,757
February ...................     2,262     218,438     2,173     210,755       945     103,588
March ......................     2,191     228,387     2,107     221,397       940     114,747
April ......................     2,547     256,930     2,385     243,321       887     100,872
May ........................     2,738     289,628     2,572     274,047     1,005     123,683
June .......................     2,519     256,357     2,051     216,063       674      85,726
July .......................     3,054     336,654     2,659     296,589     1,133     154,208
August .....................     1,428     125,024     1,334     117,193       436      41,151
September ..................     1,371     123,177     1,258     115,141       448      51,126
October ....................     1,934     193,904     1,678     172,883       566      69,655
November ...................     1,870     164,496     1,679     150,751       517      55,053
December ...................     2,310     214,648     2,166     203,655       615      64,540

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     2,860     278,679     2,682     265,074       962     104,846
February ...................     1,183     102,818     1,091      96,022       282      30,728
March ......................     1,197     111,727     1,111     105,514       273      29,745
April ......................     1,840     199,690     1,697     184,654       424      55,178
May ........................     1,354     123,333     1,170     109,203       216      19,334
June .......................     1,861     171,190     1,355     125,872       212      21,083
July .......................     2,124     206,254     1,732     172,248       532      64,200
August .....................       976      92,435       897      83,021       230      23,088
September ..................       920      77,654       806      67,987       187      19,403
October ....................     1,642     148,638     1,373     127,865       351      40,861
November ...................     1,676     158,048     1,477     142,591       389      41,383
December ...................     1,931     184,130     1,763     172,881       465      52,816

             2011                                                                             

January ....................     2,558     246,463     2,372     229,765       693      75,006
February ...................     1,024      85,585       919      78,718       222      18,471
March ......................       908      85,095       844      80,014       191      20,869
April ......................     1,750     189,919     1,625     176,478       397      47,104
May ........................     1,367     119,911     1,221     108,531       270      25,199
June .......................     1,661     159,930     1,238     122,821       226      22,986




Table 3. Industry distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance


                                                                                                     Initial claimants for         
                                                              Mass layoff events                    unemployment insurance         
                     Industry                                                                                                      
                                                    June       April     May       June       June      April       May       June 
                                                    2010        2011     2011      2011       2010       2011       2011      2011 
                                                                                                                                   
                Seasonally adjusted                                                                                                


      Total .....................................    1,729     1,564    1,599     1,532     153,937    143,927   143,540    143,444

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    1,504     1,401    1,405     1,348     134,837    129,702   127,494    128,105
    Manufacturing ...............................      326       327      373       341      32,646     35,022    38,673     35,693

              Not seasonally adjusted                                                                                              

      Total (1) .................................    1,861     1,750    1,367     1,661     171,190    189,919   119,911    159,930
Total, private ..................................    1,398     1,685    1,243     1,282     128,691    183,436   109,881    125,944
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ..       43        60       22        44       2,819      6,958     1,350      3,123

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    1,355     1,625    1,221     1,238     125,872    176,478   108,531    122,821
    Mining ......................................      (2)         4        5       (2)         (2)        270       308        (2)
    Utilities ...................................        5       (2)      (2)       (2)         343        (2)       (2)        (2)
    Construction ................................      121       161      137        84       8,405     12,121     9,875      6,847
    Manufacturing ...............................      212       397      270       226      21,083     47,104    25,199     22,986
        Food ....................................       46        84       64        51       3,315      9,064     6,036      5,011
        Beverage and tobacco products ...........        5         6      (2)         -         259        438       (2)          -
        Textile mills ...........................        4         5       12         8         584        792     1,045      1,131
        Textile product mills ...................      (2)         6      (2)         6         (2)        536       (2)        420
        Apparel .................................        7        10       10        10         737        964     1,174      1,119
        Leather and allied products .............      (2)         -      (2)       (2)         (2)          -       (2)        (2)
        Wood products ...........................       20        19       10        12       2,012      1,681       755      1,083
        Paper ...................................        4         6        9         5         382        590       934        427
        Printing and related support activities .       12         8       14         5         878        858     1,182        383
        Petroleum and coal products .............        -         -      (2)       (2)           -          -       (2)        (2)

        Chemicals ...............................        3         5        8       (2)         375        453       503        (2)
        Plastics and rubber products ............        5        21       14        11         353      2,113     1,082        880
        Nonmetallic mineral products ............        9         9        6         5         492        926       635        380
        Primary metals ..........................        9        12       11        11         762        944     1,053        914
        Fabricated metal products ...............        8        21       11        10         621      1,758       848        607
        Machinery ...............................       16        16       12        16       2,329      2,552     2,054      2,042
        Computer and electronic products ........        8        18       12        10         654      1,675       731        716
        Electrical equipment and appliances .....        5        16        7         9         734      1,736     1,049        915
        Transportation equipment ................       34       117       45        34       4,474     18,328     4,146      4,871
        Furniture and related products ..........       11         9       12         7       1,560        831       888        771
        Miscellaneous manufacturing .............        3         9        5         9         232        865       456        826

    Wholesale trade .............................       14        27       21        18         955      2,005     1,777      1,440
    Retail trade ................................      107       147      108        82      10,102     16,501     8,244      7,177
    Transportation and warehousing ..............      159       194       38       144      19,790     26,537     3,371     19,513
    Information .................................       41        42       36        41       4,321      5,689     5,394      5,721
    Finance and insurance .......................       39        42       24        18       2,621      3,482     1,616      1,158
    Real estate and rental and leasing ..........        8        15        7         7         437      1,389       457        779
    Professional and technical services .........       30        80       50        32       2,970      8,572     4,062      3,378
    Management of companies and enterprises .....      (2)         7      (2)         5         (2)        550       (2)        351
    Administrative and waste services ...........      175       262      203       170      14,283     23,380    15,938     16,582
    Educational services ........................       40        17       15        26       2,588      2,522     1,201      1,604
    Health care and social assistance ...........      174        46      102       177      14,283      3,397    11,059     14,975
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation .........       29        45       24        30       1,764      4,650     1,835      1,664
    Accommodation and food services .............      141       127      148       120      18,121     17,269    15,483     14,179
    Other services, except public administration        54         9       28        53       3,284        845     2,361      4,129
    Unclassified ................................        -       (2)        -         -           -        (2)         -          -

Government ......................................      463        65      124       379      42,499      6,483    10,030     33,986
    Federal .....................................       22         6       12        18       2,076        582     1,160      1,942
    State .......................................       37        18       32        29       2,813      1,714     2,136      2,086
    Local .......................................      404        41       80       332      37,610      4,187     6,734     29,958
                                                                                                                                   
 
    1 Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia. 
    2 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.   
    NOTE: Dash represents zero.   
    
    
    

Table 4. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, April 2009 to June 2011, not seasonally adjusted 

                                                                                   Private nonfarm                                
                                                                                   
                                Total mass layoffs                                Extended mass layoffs                             
             Date                                        Mass layoffs           lasting more than 30 days        Realization rates (1)   
             
                                           Initial               Initial                       Initial                      Initial 
                               Events     claimants   Events    claimants       Events        claimants           Events   claimants
             2009                                                                                                                 

April ......................    2,547      256,930     2,385     243,321                                                          
May ........................    2,738      289,628     2,572     274,047                                                          
June .......................    2,519      256,357     2,051     216,063                                                          

Second Quarter .............    7,804      802,915     7,008     733,431         3,395         731,049             48.4       99.7

July .......................    3,054      336,654     2,659     296,589                                                          
August .....................    1,428      125,024     1,334     117,193                                                          
September ..................    1,371      123,177     1,258     115,141                                                          

Third Quarter ..............    5,853      584,855     5,251     528,923         2,034         406,823             38.7       76.9

October ....................    1,934      193,904     1,678     172,883                                                          
November ...................    1,870      164,496     1,679     150,751                                                          
December ...................    2,310      214,648     2,166     203,655                                                          

Fourth Quarter .............    6,114      573,048     5,523     527,289         2,416         468,577             43.7       88.9

             2010                                                                                                                 

January ....................    2,860      278,679     2,682     265,074                                                          
February ...................    1,183      102,818     1,091      96,022                                                          
March ......................    1,197      111,727     1,111     105,514                                                          

First Quarter ..............    5,240      493,224     4,884     466,610         1,870         368,642             38.3       79.0

April ......................    1,840      199,690     1,697     184,654                                                          
May ........................    1,354      123,333     1,170     109,203                                                          
June .......................    1,861      171,190     1,355     125,872                                                          

Second Quarter .............    5,055      494,213     4,222     419,729         2,008         395,573             47.6       94.2

July .......................    2,124      206,254     1,732     172,248                                                          
August .....................      976       92,435       897      83,021                                                          
September ..................      920       77,654       806      67,987                                                          

Third Quarter ..............    4,020      376,343     3,435     323,256         1,370         259,886             39.9       80.4

October ....................    1,642      148,638     1,373     127,865                                                          
November ...................    1,676      158,048     1,477     142,591                                                          
December ...................    1,931      184,130     1,763     172,881                                                          

Fourth Quarter .............    5,249      490,816     4,613     443,337         1,999         388,285             43.3       87.6

             2011                                                                                                                 

January ....................    2,558      246,463     2,372     229,765                                                          
February ...................    1,024       85,585       919      78,718                                                          
March ......................      908       85,095       844      80,014                                                          

First Quarter ..............    4,490      417,143     4,135     388,497   (2)(p)1,397   (2)(p)179,686          (p)33.8    (p)46.3

April ......................    1,750      189,919     1,625     176,478                                                          
May ........................    1,367      119,911     1,221     108,531                                                          
June .......................    1,661      159,930     1,238     122,821                                                          

Second Quarter .............    4,778      469,760     4,084     407,830                                                          
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
   1 The event realization rate is the percentage of all private nonfarm mass layoff events lasting more than 30 days. The initial 
claimant realization rate is the percentage of all private nonfarm mass layoff initial claimants associated with layoffs lasting
more than 30 days.
   2 These quarterly numbers are provisional and will be revised as more data on these layoffs become available. Experience suggests
that the number of extended mass layoff events is generally revised upwards by less than 10 percent and the number of initial claim-
ants associated with such events increases by 25-40 percent.
   p = preliminary.    
   
   
   

Table 5. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance by census region and division, not 
seasonally adjusted 

                                                                                     Initial claimants for              
                                            Mass layoff events                      unemployment insurance              
                                            
  Census region and division                                                                                            
  
                                    June     April      May       June       June      April        May        June  
                                    2010      2011      2011      2011       2010       2011        2011       2011  
                                                                                                                     
        United States (1) ...      1,861     1,750     1,367     1,661     171,190    189,919     119,911     159,930
        
Northeast ...................        288       402       210       276      32,587     54,129      17,726     30,513
    New England .............         54        67        30        53       6,003      8,926       2,505      5,004
    Middle Atlantic .........        234       335       180       223      26,584     45,203      15,221     25,509

South .......................        442       431       468       482      39,969     42,685      43,457     45,180
    South Atlantic ..........        267       210       234       273      23,150     17,371      18,785     24,626
    East South Central ......         73       125       131        60       7,108     16,048      14,830      5,603
    West South Central ......        102        96       103       149       9,711      9,266       9,842     14,951

Midwest .....................        390       383       288       326      39,201     44,126      26,017     33,813
    East North Central ......        290       310       217       236      29,931     37,250      18,948     26,402
    West North Central ......        100        73        71        90       9,270      6,876       7,069      7,411

West ........................        741       534       401       577      59,433     48,979      32,711     50,424
    Mountain ................        105       118        68        64       9,136     12,547       5,948      6,011
    Pacific .................        636       416       333       513      50,297     36,432      26,763     44,413
                                                                                                                    
 
   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   NOTE:  The States (including the District of Columbia) that comprise the census divisions are: New England:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont; Middle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York,
and Pennsylvania; South Atlantic: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South
Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia; East South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee; West South 
Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas; East North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and 
Wisconsin; West North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota; Mountain:
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming; and Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, 
Oregon, and Washington.




Table 6. State distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, 
not seasonally adjusted 

                                                                                      Initial claimants for             
                                       Mass layoff events                            unemployment insurance             
           State                                                                                                      
                              June        April       May        June        June        April        May        June 
                              2010         2011       2011       2011        2010         2011        2011       2011   

   Total (1) ............    1,861        1,750      1,367      1,661      171,190      189,919     119,911    159,930
                                                                                                                      
Alabama .................       32           28         37         20        3,783        3,080       3,604      1,922
Alaska ..................      (2)            9          6        (2)          (2)        1,137         489        (2)
Arizona .................       28           40         15         18        2,197        5,635       1,394      1,561
Arkansas ................        7          (2)         15         29          521          (2)       1,647      3,185
California ..............      590          348        285        462       44,939       29,264      22,874     39,788
Colorado ................       14           15         10          9        1,237        1,750       1,171        708
Connecticut .............       11           10         11         10          968        1,056         769        807
Delaware ................        7            8          5          6          477          551         334        415
District of Columbia ....      (2)          (2)          5        (2)          (2)          (2)         276        (2)
Florida .................      123           98        102        114        9,037        7,600       6,363      9,161
Georgia .................       46           40         40         43        4,398        3,380       4,038      4,789
Hawaii ..................        7            6          5          4          562          420         351        275
Idaho ...................        8           10          6          8          481          896         370        832

Illinois ................       88           56         47         61        8,046        6,701       4,749      6,436
Indiana .................       30           41         28         28        2,977        4,689       2,189      2,722
Iowa ....................       13           17          6         14        1,686        2,143       1,069      1,359
Kansas ..................       14            5         12          8        1,815          381       1,365        682
Kentucky ................       15           56         33         22        1,417        9,722       3,431      2,003
Louisiana ...............       26           22         29         28        1,985        1,669       2,531      2,056
Maine ...................        5            7          4          7          320          818         318        458
Maryland ................       11            5          5         12        1,172          365         462      1,102
Massachusetts ...........       13           17         10         16          948        2,040       1,068      1,133
Michigan ................       54           50         38         55        5,047        6,813       3,368      5,413
Minnesota ...............       18           16         10         17        1,526        1,023         932      1,249
Mississippi .............       13           27         40          5          768        1,987       5,957        240
Missouri ................       48           23         32         42        3,679        2,259       2,620      3,176

Montana .................       10            7          4          6          659          438         414        531
Nebraska ................        6            9          8          5          504          768         860        441
Nevada ..................       24           23         13         12        2,956        1,703       1,133      1,292
New Hampshire ...........        8            7          3          3        1,277        1,107         233        614
New Jersey ..............       56           70         34         44        9,675       11,776       2,937      6,432
New Mexico ..............       13            9         10          8          997          711         783        663
New York ................       50          153         56         55        5,201       22,636       4,743      5,185
North Carolina (3) ......       21           14         40         45        2,378        1,240       3,928      4,871
North Dakota ............        -          (2)        (2)        (2)            -          (2)         (2)        (2)
Ohio ....................       58           87         63         42        6,056       11,082       5,170      6,150
Oklahoma ................        6            6          9          6          494          392         902        481
Oregon ..................       27           25         21         28        3,758        2,886       1,586      2,967
Pennsylvania ............      128          112         90        124       11,708       10,791       7,541     13,892

Rhode Island ............        9            9        (2)         10        1,723        2,105         (2)      1,276
South Carolina ..........       31           19         11         23        3,414        1,913         949      1,878
South Dakota ............      (2)          (2)        (2)        (2)          (2)          (2)         (2)        (2)
Tennessee ...............       13           14         21         13        1,140        1,259       1,838      1,438
Texas ...................       63           67         50         86        6,711        7,118       4,762      9,229
Utah ....................        6           13          8          3          461        1,232         554        424
Vermont .................        8           17        (2)          7          767        1,800         (2)        716
Virginia ................       24           23         21         25        1,999        2,063       2,050      2,071
Washington ..............       10           28         16         17          839        2,725       1,463      1,231
West Virginia ...........      (2)          (2)          5          3          (2)          (2)         385        189
Wisconsin ...............       60           76         41         50        7,805        7,965       3,472      5,681
Wyoming .................      (2)          (2)        (2)          -          (2)          (2)         (2)          -

Puerto Rico .............       24           17         24         10        1,763        1,676       2,815        941

   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   2 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   3 Data starting in November 2010 may not be comparable to prior data due to a change in MLS unemployment insurance
     input procedures.   
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.  




Last Modified Date: July 22, 2011
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