Economic News Release

Mass Layoffs (Monthly) News Release


For release 10:00 a.m.  (EDT) Friday, July 23, 2010               USDL-10-0995

Technical information:  (202) 691-6392  *  mlsinfo@bls.gov  *  www.bls.gov/mls
Media contact:          (202) 691-5902  *  PressOffice@bls.gov

(NOTE: Monthly national Mass Layoffs data for April through September 2010 
have been found to contain errors in each of the 6 seasonally adjusted series
appearing in the charts, the text, and tables 1 and 3. Not seasonally adjusted
data and regional office news releases are not affected. The corrected 
seasonally adjusted estimates for April through September are located in the 
Mass Layoffs database at www.bls.gov/mls/#data.)
                             
                             
                             MASS LAYOFFS -- JUNE 2010


Employers took 1,647 mass layoff actions in June that resulted in the separa-
tion of 145,538 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 action involved at least 50 persons from a
single employer. The number of mass layoff events in June increased by 235 from
the prior month, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 9,749.
In June, 298 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, sea-
sonally adjusted, resulting in 29,384 initial claims. (See table 1.)

During the 31 months from December 2007 through June 2010, the total number of
mass layoff events (seasonally adjusted) was 61,852, and the associated number
of initial claims was 6,213,880. (December 2007 was the start of a recession as
designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research.)

The national unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in June, seasonally adjusted, down
from 9.7 percent the prior month and unchanged from a year earlier. In June, total
nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 125,000 over the month and 170,000 from a
year earlier.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The number of mass layoff events in June was 1,861 on a not seasonally adjusted
basis; the number of associated initial claims was 171,190. (See table 2.) Over
the year, the number of mass layoff events decreased by 658, and associated ini-
tial claims decreased by 85,167. Fifteen of the 19 major industry sectors in the
private economy reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims, led by manu-
facturing. Agriculture and manufacturing reached program lows for the month of
June in terms of initial claimants in 2010. (Data began in April 1995.) Local
government reached a program high in June 2010 with 37,610 initial claims.

The manufacturing sector accounted for 11 percent of all mass layoff events and
12 percent of initial claims filed in June; the lowest proportions in program his-
tory. A year earlier, manufacturing made up 27 percent of events and 33 percent of
initial claims. Within manufacturing, the number of claimants in June 2010 was
greatest in transportation equipment and food. (See table 3.) Eighteen of the 21
manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in initial claims,
led by transportation equipment and machinery; five of these subsectors reached
program lows for June.

The six-digit industry with the largest number of initial claims in June was ele-
mentary and secondary schools. (See table A.) Of the 10 detailed industries in
table A, elementary and secondary schools and executive and legislative offices
reached program highs for the month of June. This table includes both publicly-
and privately-owned entities.

Table A. Industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims in
June 2010, not seasonally adjusted

                                                                  June peak
                                                                             
                  Industry                          Initial           Initial
                                                    claims     Year   claims 


Elementary and secondary schools ..............      31,849    2010    31,849
School and employee bus transportation ........      17,361    2007    21,611
Food service contractors ......................      12,649    2007    14,527
Child day care services .......................       8,333    2007     9,115
Temporary help services (1) ...................       7,363    2000    13,815
Colleges and universities .....................       2,769    2009     2,849
Other individual and family services ..........       2,710    2006     2,744
Motion picture and video production ...........       2,354    2000     9,435
Executive and legislative offices, combined ...       2,260    2010     2,260
Professional employer organizations (1) .......       1,781    2009     5,303

   1  See the Technical Note for more information on these industries.

Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

All 4 regions and 8 of the 9 divisions experienced over-the-year decreases in
initial claims due to mass layoffs in June. Among the census regions, the Midwest
and South registered the largest over-the-year declines in initial claims. Of the
geographic divisions, the East North Central, Pacific, and the Middle Atlantic had
the largest over-the-year declines. (See table 5.)

California recorded the highest number of initial claims in June, followed by
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Florida. Thirty-nine states and the District of
Columbia experienced over-the-year decreases in initial claims, led by Illinois
and California. (See table 6.) Alaska and Washington reached and North Dakota
matched program lows for June in terms of initial claimants in 2010, while
Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, and Wyoming reached program highs for the month.

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 Mass Layoffs in July 2010 news release is scheduled to be released on Friday,
August 20, 2010, 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 2006 to
June 2010, seasonally adjusted 

                                      Total            Private nonfarm         Manufacturing  
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial              Initial 
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events  claimants
                                                                                              
             2006                                                                             

July .......................     1,182     121,056     1,056     111,432       373      51,691
August .....................     1,238     135,707     1,104     125,704       372      58,962
September ..................     1,154     124,200     1,043     115,261       393      45,972
October ....................     1,208     123,691     1,094     115,102       409      53,957
November ...................     1,244     135,465     1,128     125,976       413      58,509
December ...................     1,227     134,176     1,123     124,570       376      51,403

             2007                                                                             

January ....................     1,264     130,834     1,113     119,874       404      55,217
February ...................     1,191     121,289     1,075     112,607       374      54,581
March ......................     1,225     126,391     1,113     117,760       386      48,298
April ......................     1,268     129,098     1,135     118,175       362      43,205
May ........................     1,172     118,648     1,070     111,103       345      44,391
June .......................     1,241     131,394     1,125     122,123       338      37,931
July .......................     1,274     130,331     1,169     122,381       403      55,973
August .....................     1,247     126,108     1,158     118,575       323      34,902
September ..................     1,255     123,632     1,160     116,744       436      51,814
October ....................     1,370     137,108     1,248     128,387       449      58,360
November ...................     1,415     148,952     1,289     139,665       424      58,543
December ...................     1,569     155,095     1,448     145,666       483      60,368

             2008                                                                             

January ....................     1,481     151,269     1,348     140,570       436      57,147
February ...................     1,578     162,152     1,432     150,712       470      60,276
March ......................     1,487     151,539     1,372     141,574       436      56,919
April ......................     1,327     133,318     1,201     122,651       460      59,377
May ........................     1,604     170,619     1,465     160,529       468      62,345
June .......................     1,674     170,329     1,523     158,084       501      68,403
July .......................     1,531     152,447     1,389     141,707       461      61,417
August .....................     1,845     189,798     1,711     179,737       607      78,172
September ..................     2,222     235,755     2,049     220,832       634      81,989
October ....................     2,287     239,768     2,125     226,098       721      95,301
November ...................     2,489     240,181     2,334     227,368       929     107,072
December ...................     2,461     243,505     2,277     229,171       962     115,961

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     2,279     251,807     2,115     238,990       764     109,124
February ...................     2,737     289,162     2,592     274,040     1,186     141,264
March ......................     2,913     295,970     2,715     279,671     1,202     146,381
April ......................     2,663     263,162     2,461     247,329     1,033     125,093
May ........................     2,794     306,788     2,589     289,012     1,183     145,166
June .......................     2,598     260,596     2,371     241,864     1,072     135,844
July .......................     2,039     196,578     1,818     176,542       565      66,918
August .....................     2,480     238,911     2,244     218,425       798      87,201
September ..................     2,326     221,639     2,109     204,462       783      90,440
October ....................     2,055     205,502     1,856     187,880       594      65,801
November ...................     1,813     163,823     1,650     151,810       485      54,858
December ...................     1,726     153,127     1,542     138,747       433      44,072

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     1,761     182,261     1,585     168,466       486      62,556
February ...................     1,570     155,718     1,406     142,240       376      43,100
March ......................     1,628     150,864     1,432     136,446       356      39,290
April ......................     1,856     200,870     1,686     185,150       448      63,616
May ........................     1,412     135,789     1,200     119,822       266      22,577
June .......................     1,647     145,538     1,436     127,928       298      29,384





Table 2. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, July 2006 to
June 2010, not seasonally adjusted

                                       Total           Private nonfarm         Manufacturing  
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial              Initial 
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events  claimants
                                                                                              
             2006                                                                             

July .......................     1,511     166,857     1,335     154,342       648      96,152
August .....................       708      72,844       656      69,054       203      28,494
September ..................       865      87,699       785      81,274       296      39,076
October ....................       964      98,804       820      88,133       311      46,737
November ...................     1,315     136,186     1,172     125,009       455      58,473
December ...................     2,249     254,503     2,126     244,783       735     105,462

             2007                                                                             

January ....................     1,407     134,984     1,263     124,475       456      53,615
February ...................       935      86,696       861      82,097       273      36,170
March ......................     1,082     123,974     1,015     118,431       367      49,886
April ......................     1,219     127,444     1,115     118,040       309      35,229
May ........................       923      85,816       856      81,153       224      26,527
June .......................     1,599     172,810     1,318     148,669       313      36,571
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





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 
                                                    2009        2010     2010      2010       2009       2010       2010      2010 
                                                                                                                                   
                Seasonally adjusted                                                                                                

      Total .....................................    2,598     1,856    1,412     1,647     260,596    200,870   135,789    145,538

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    2,371     1,686    1,200     1,436     241,864    185,150   119,822    127,928
    Manufacturing ...............................    1,072       448      266       298     135,844     63,616    22,577     29,384

              Not seasonally adjusted                                                                                              

      Total (1) .................................    2,519     1,840    1,354     1,861     256,357    199,690   123,333    171,190
Total, private ..................................    2,101     1,761    1,197     1,398     219,548    191,664   110,968    128,691
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ..       50        64       27        43       3,485      7,010     1,765      2,819

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    2,051     1,697    1,170     1,355     216,063    184,654   109,203    125,872
    Mining ......................................       15         7      (2)       (2)       1,147        399       (2)        (2)
    Utilities ...................................        4       (2)        5         5         246        (2)       449        343
    Construction ................................      136       163      159       121       9,343     11,947    12,129      8,405
    Manufacturing ...............................      674       424      216       212      85,726     55,178    19,334     21,083
        Food ....................................       48       100       47        46       4,395     10,200     4,015      3,315
        Beverage and tobacco products ...........      (2)       (2)        5         5         (2)        (2)       386        259
        Textile mills ...........................       11         7        3         4       1,563      1,296       391        584
        Textile product mills ...................        4         5        3       (2)         214        414       407        (2)
        Apparel .................................       16        16        8         7       1,683      1,428       498        737
        Leather and allied products .............      (2)         -        -       (2)         (2)          -         -        (2)
        Wood products ...........................       29        17       11        20       2,435      1,591       913      2,012
        Paper ...................................       13        14        3         4         968      1,134       277        382
        Printing and related support activities .       18         9       12        12       1,552        860     1,065        878
        Petroleum and coal products .............      (2)       (2)        3         -         (2)        (2)       205          -

        Chemicals ...............................       13         7        8         3       1,013        400       530        375
        Plastics and rubber products ............       35        10        6         5       3,697        719       329        353
        Nonmetallic mineral products ............       25        22        5         9       1,645      1,882       342        492
        Primary metals ..........................       45        18       12         9       6,496      1,473     1,147        762
        Fabricated metal products ...............       74        21       12         8       6,846      1,581       910        621
        Machinery ...............................       74        41       20        16      14,644      4,456     1,971      2,329
        Computer and electronic products ........       63        27       13         8       6,145      1,964     1,015        654
        Electrical equipment and appliances .....       30        12       11         5       4,344      1,756       865        734
        Transportation equipment ................      139        73       20        34      24,865     22,071     2,860      4,474
        Furniture and related products ..........       24        12        5        11       2,337        919       409      1,560
        Miscellaneous manufacturing .............        9        10        9         3         644        833       799        232

    Wholesale trade .............................       50        25       18        14       4,858      2,224     1,183        955
    Retail trade ................................      155       156      121       107      15,318     16,188     9,982     10,102
    Transportation and warehousing ..............      184       178       47       159      23,792     23,013     4,781     19,790
    Information .................................       53        50       41        41       6,018      8,383     6,310      4,321
    Finance and insurance .......................       34        64       23        39       2,239      4,579     1,761      2,621
    Real estate and rental and leasing ..........       20        22        9         8       1,590      1,388       698        437
    Professional and technical services .........       53        90       61        30       4,503     11,110     5,534      2,970
    Management of companies and enterprises .....        8       (2)      (2)       (2)       1,164        (2)       (2)        (2)
    Administrative and waste services ...........      239       241      175       175      19,150     21,073    17,363     14,283
    Educational services ........................       28         7       10        40       2,295        958       766      2,588
    Health care and social assistance ...........      173        58       84       174      13,948      4,991     7,337     14,283
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation .........       45        57       32        29       2,671      4,838     2,063      1,764
    Accommodation and food services .............      136       131      129       141      18,499     16,214    16,045     18,121
    Other services, except public administration        42        16       34        54       3,424      1,434     2,933      3,284
    Unclassified ................................        2         -        -         -         132          -         -          -

Government ......................................      418        79      157       463      36,809      8,026    12,365     42,499
    Federal .....................................       15        16       19        22       1,124      1,393     1,864      2,076
    State .......................................       38        18       39        37       2,821      2,188     2,904      2,813
    Local .......................................      365        45       99       404      32,864      4,445     7,597     37,610
                                                                                                                                   
 
   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 2008 to June 2010, 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
             2008                                                                                                                 

April ......................    1,272      130,810     1,172     121,625                                                          
May ........................    1,552      159,471     1,438     150,462                                                          
June .......................    1,622      166,742     1,315     140,916                                                          

Second Quarter .............    4,446      457,023     3,925     413,003         1,756         339,630             44.7       82.2

July .......................    1,891      200,382     1,687     186,018                                                          
August .....................    1,427      139,999     1,343     133,146                                                          
September ..................    1,292      129,586     1,202     122,505                                                          

Third Quarter ..............    4,610      469,967     4,232     441,669         1,581         304,340             37.4       68.9

October ....................    2,125      221,784     1,917     205,553                                                          
November ...................    2,574      241,589     2,389     226,657                                                          
December ...................    3,377      351,305     3,232     340,220                                                          

Fourth Quarter .............    8,076      814,678     7,538     772,430         3,582         766,780             47.5       99.3

             2009                                                                                                                 

January ....................    3,806      388,813     3,633     375,293                                                          
February ...................    2,262      218,438     2,173     210,755                                                          
March ......................    2,191      228,387     2,107     221,397                                                          

First Quarter ..............    8,259      835,638     7,913     807,445         3,979         835,551             50.3      103.5

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         731,035             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         406,715             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         2,419         466,539             43.8       88.5

             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   (2)(p)1,564   (2)(p)214,204          (p)32.0    (p)45.9

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                                                          
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
   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 sug-
gests that the number of extended mass layoff events is generally revised upwards by less than 10 percent and the number of ini-
tial claimants 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 
                                    2009     2010      2010      2010       2009       2010        2010        2010 
                                                                                                                    
        United States (1) ...      2,519     1,840     1,354     1,861     256,357    199,690     123,333     171,190

Northeast ...................        428       397       203       288      46,593     48,396      17,575     32,587
    New England .............         63        81        29        54       6,516      9,523       2,421      6,003
    Middle Atlantic .........        365       316       174       234      40,077     38,873      15,154     26,584
    
South .......................        620       412       428       442      61,962     43,503      38,299     39,969
    South Atlantic ..........        354       214       216       267      31,988     20,768      19,282     23,150
    East South Central ......        128        80        94        73      16,589     11,005       8,431      7,108
    West South Central ......        138       118       118       102      13,385     11,730      10,586      9,711

Midwest .....................        592       364       261       390      76,301     44,740      26,176     39,201
    East North Central ......        469       290       175       290      59,347     37,448      17,981     29,931
    West North Central ......        123        74        86       100      16,954      7,292       8,195      9,270

West ........................        879       667       462       741      71,501     63,051      41,283     59,433
    Mountain ................         90       101        73       105       7,184     11,433       6,357      9,136
    Pacific .................        789       566       389       636      64,317     51,618      34,926     50,297
                                                                                                                    

   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 Wis-
consin; 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  
                             2009         2010       2010       2010        2009         2010        2010       2010  
 
   Total (1) ............    2,519        1,840      1,354      1,861      256,357      199,690     123,333    171,190
                                                                                                                      
Alabama .................       49           17         24         32        7,837        2,148       2,171      3,783
Alaska ..................        6           11         11        (2)          431        1,252       1,259        (2)
Arizona .................       27           33         24         28        2,137        4,943       2,369      2,197
Arkansas ................        8            8          6          7          583        1,039         553        521
California ..............      714          477        345        590       56,138       42,426      31,197     44,939
Colorado ................       11           20         10         14          832        2,269       1,024      1,237
Connecticut .............       15            9         10         11        1,487          891         823        968
Delaware ................        8            8        (2)          7          882          611         (2)        477
District of Columbia ....      (2)            -          4        (2)          (2)            -         301        (2)
Florida .................      182          118        104        123       15,785        9,139       7,027      9,037
Georgia .................       43           31         39         46        3,809        3,375       4,227      4,398
Hawaii ..................       10            7          4          7          992          672         264        562
Idaho ...................        5            8          6          8          342          533         367        481

Illinois ................      116           60         56         88       20,576        7,059       6,699      8,046
Indiana .................       45           32         21         30        4,643        4,786       1,931      2,977
Iowa ....................       33           20         16         13        3,765        2,876       1,984      1,686
Kansas ..................       15            5         15         14        4,071          296       1,464      1,815
Kentucky ................       49           40         28         15        6,240        6,573       2,758      1,417
Louisiana ...............       26           32         29         26        3,005        2,967       2,646      1,985
Maine ...................        3            8          3          5          280          754         204        320
Maryland ................       13            6         12         11        1,325          496         816      1,172
Massachusetts ...........       20           20          9         13        1,777        2,202         865        948
Michigan ................      121           44         24         54       12,218        7,624       2,924      5,047
Minnesota ...............       26            8         11         18        2,318          576         965      1,526
Mississippi .............       11            5         11         13          895          461         922        768
Missouri ................       39           28         30         48        5,446        2,393       2,396      3,679

Montana .................        6            7          4         10          476          528         267        659
Nebraska ................        3           10          6          6          658          948         593        504
Nevada ..................       18           15         13         24        1,686        1,432         994      2,956
New Hampshire ...........        5           14          3          8          630        1,663         264      1,277
New Jersey ..............       88           69         34         56       14,033        9,700       2,685      9,675
New Mexico ..............       15            8          8         13        1,013          594         673        997
New York ................       83          114         67         50        7,681       15,919       6,338      5,201
North Carolina ..........       28           13         13         21        2,505        1,438       2,462      2,378
North Dakota ............        6          (2)          7          -          640          (2)         681          -
Ohio ....................       94           61         47         58       10,818        8,014       3,909      6,056
Oklahoma ................       11            5          6          6        1,052          608         350        494
Oregon ..................       43           42         18         27        5,525        4,603       1,324      3,758
Pennsylvania ............      194          133         73        128       18,363       13,254       6,131     11,708

Rhode Island ............       10           16          4          9        1,377        2,525         265      1,723
South Carolina ..........       38           19         10         31        4,087        3,832         839      3,414
South Dakota ............      (2)            -        (2)        (2)          (2)            -         (2)        (2)
Tennessee ...............       19           18         31         13        1,617        1,823       2,580      1,140
Texas ...................       93           73         77         63        8,745        7,116       7,037      6,711
Utah ....................        8            8          8          6          698          889         663        461
Vermont .................       10           14          -          8          965        1,488           -        767
Virginia ................       31           15         26         24        2,817        1,489       3,151      1,999
Washington ..............       16           29         11         10        1,231        2,665         882        839
West Virginia ...........        8            4          5        (2)          583          388         297        (2)
Wisconsin ...............       93           93         27         60       11,092        9,965       2,518      7,805
Wyoming .................        -          (2)          -        (2)            -          (2)           -        (2)

Puerto Rico .............       17           19         19         24        1,280        2,252       1,735      1,763

   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   2 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.




Last Modified Date: November 16, 2010
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