Economic News Release

Mass Layoffs (Monthly) News Release


For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, August 20, 2010              USDL-10-1143

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 -- JULY 2010


Employers took 1,609 mass layoff actions in July that resulted in the separation 
of 143,703 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unem-
ployment 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 July decreased by 38 from the prior month, 
and the number of associated initial claims decreased by 1,835. In July, 307 mass
layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, re-
sulting in 33,381 initial claims. (See table 1.)

During the 32 months from December 2007 through July 2010, the total number of 
mass layoff events (seasonally adjusted) was 63,461, and the associated number 
of initial claims was 6,357,583. (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 July 2010, seasonally adjusted, 
unchanged from the prior month and essentially unchanged from 9.4 percent a year 
earlier. In July, total nonfarm payroll employment decreased by 131,000 over the 
month and by 52,000 from a year earlier.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The number of mass layoff events in July was 2,124 on a not seasonally adjusted 
basis; the number of associated initial claims was 206,254. (See table 2.) Over 
the year, the number of mass layoff events decreased by 930, and associated ini-
tial claims decreased by 130,400. Fourteen of the 19 major industry sectors in 
the private economy reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims, led by 
manufacturing, which reached a program low of 64,200 claims for the month of 
July. (Data began in 1995.)

The manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent of all mass layoff events and 
31 percent of initial claims filed in July. A year earlier, manufacturing made 
up 37 percent of events and 46 percent of initial claims. Within manufacturing, 
the number of claimants in July 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.

The six-digit industry with the largest number of initial claims in July was 
elementary and secondary schools. (See table A.) Of the 10 detailed industries 
in table A, school and employee bus transportation reached a program high num-
ber of claims for the month of July. This table includes both publicly and pri-
vately owned entities.



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


                                                                 July peak
                  Industry                                                     
                                                   Initial    Year     Initial
                                                   claims              claims
                                                                              
Elementary and secondary schools ..............    15,685     2009      20,769
Temporary help services (1) ...................    14,716     1998      24,601
School and employee bus transportation ........    13,011     2010      13,011
Motion picture and video production ...........     4,957     1998      12,310
Automobile manufacturing ......................     3,901     1996      22,644
Professional employer organizations (1) .......     3,866     2009       8,240
Farm labor contractors and crew leaders .......     3,100     1998       6,142
Discount department stores ....................     3,076     2009       3,995
Executive and legislative offices, combined ...     2,987     2009       3,798
Food service contractors ......................     2,917     1997       3,016
                                                                              
   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 July. Among the census regions, the Mid-
west and West registered the largest over-the-year declines in initial claims. 
Of the geographic divisions, the East North Central and the Pacific had the lar-
gest over-the-year declines. (See table 5.)

California recorded the highest number of initial claims in July, followed by 
New York, Michigan, and Illinois. Thirty-eight states experienced over-the-
year decreases in initial claims, led by California and Illinois. (See table 6.)  
In 2010, Indiana, Kansas, New Hampshire, and Wyoming reached or matched program 
lows for July in terms of initial claimants, while New Jersey and New York 
reached program highs for the month.

Note

The monthly data series in this release cover mass layoffs of 50 or more work-
ers 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 quar-
terly 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 news release for August is scheduled to be released on Thursday, 
September 23, 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, August 2006 to 
July 2010, seasonally adjusted 

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

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
July .......................     1,609     143,703     1,369     121,770       307      33,381





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

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

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
July .......................     2,124     206,254     1,732     172,248       532      64,200





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


                                                                                                    Initial claimants for          
                                                               Mass layoff events                   unemployment insurance         
                     Industry                                                                                                      
                                                     July      May      June      July       July       May        June      July  
                                                     2009      2010     2010      2010       2009       2010       2010      2010  
                                                                                                                                   
                Seasonally adjusted                                                                                                


      Total .....................................    2,039     1,412    1,647     1,609     196,578    135,789   145,538    143,703

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    1,818     1,200    1,436     1,369     176,542    119,822   127,928    121,770
    Manufacturing ...............................      565       266      298       307      66,918     22,577    29,384     33,381

              Not seasonally adjusted                                                                                              

      Total (1) .................................    3,054     1,354    1,861     2,124     336,654    123,333   171,190    206,254

Total, private ..................................    2,752     1,197    1,398     1,832     304,108    110,968   128,691    179,524
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ..       93        27       43       100       7,519      1,765     2,819      7,276

  Total, private nonfarm ........................    2,659     1,170    1,355     1,732     296,589    109,203   125,872    172,248
    Mining ......................................       22      (2)      (2)          5       1,816      (2)       (2)          394
    Utilities ...................................        3         5        5         6         446        449       343        689
    Construction ................................      170       159      121       135      12,415     12,129     8,405      9,570
    Manufacturing ...............................    1,133       216      212       532     154,208     19,334    21,083     64,200
        Food ....................................       67        47       46        75       8,076      4,015     3,315      9,535
        Beverage and tobacco products ...........        8         5        5         4         624        386       259        290
        Textile mills ...........................       21         3        4         8       2,424        391       584        959
        Textile product mills ...................        8         3     (2)          3         875        407     (2)          347
        Apparel .................................       26         8        7        18       2,926        498       737      1,576
        Leather and allied products .............        4       -       (2)          3         306        -       (2)          332
        Wood products ...........................       42        11       20        24       3,453        913     2,012      2,051
        Paper ...................................       17         3        4         4       1,439        277       382        311
        Printing and related support activities .       16        12       12        10       1,950      1,065       878        790
        Petroleum and coal products .............        6         3      -           4         373        205      -           294

        Chemicals ...............................       19         8        3        18       1,722        530       375      1,808
        Plastics and rubber products ............       74         6        5        31       9,776        329       353      3,027
        Nonmetallic mineral products ............       29         5        9        22       3,044        342       492      1,846
        Primary metals ..........................       89        12        9        24       9,850      1,147       762      2,752
        Fabricated metal products ...............      114        12        8        27      10,798        910       621      2,497
        Machinery ...............................      132        20       16        26      29,528      1,971     2,329      4,463
        Computer and electronic products ........       77        13        8        18       7,823      1,015       654      1,492
        Electrical equipment and appliances .....       45        11        5        17       5,992        865       734      1,692
        Transportation equipment ................      275        20       34       171      47,322      2,860     4,474     25,863
        Furniture and related products ..........       35         5       11        19       3,311        409     1,560      1,916
        Miscellaneous manufacturing .............       29         9        3         6       2,596        799       232        359

    Wholesale trade .............................       78        18       14        33       6,201      1,183       955      2,691
    Retail trade ................................      161       121      107       142      17,388      9,982    10,102     14,907
    Transportation and warehousing ..............      131        47      159       148      11,279      4,781    19,790     17,270
    Information .................................       90        41       41        55      13,941      6,310     4,321      7,341
    Finance and insurance .......................       84        23       39        47       6,700      1,761     2,621      3,391
    Real estate and rental and leasing ..........       12         9        8        15         819        698       437        883
    Professional and technical services .........       95        61       30        59      10,555      5,534     2,970      4,366
    Management of companies and enterprises .....       14      (2)      (2)         5       2,289        (2)      (2)          419
    Administrative and waste services ...........      351       175      175       292      35,419     17,363    14,283     25,234
    Educational services ........................       31        10       40        30       2,540        766     2,588      2,912
    Health care and social assistance ...........      101        84      174        90       7,010      7,337    14,283      6,716
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation .........       38        32       29        31       2,611      2,063     1,764      2,559
    Accommodation and food services .............      124       129      141        89       9,651     16,045    18,121      7,184
    Other services, except public administration        19        34       54        18       1,212      2,933     3,284      1,522
    Unclassified ................................        2       -        -         -            89        -        -            -

Government ......................................      302       157      463       292      32,546     12,365    42,499     26,730
    Federal .....................................       10        19       22        25         845      1,864     2,076      3,243
    State .......................................       39        39       37        29       3,297      2,904     2,813      2,589
    Local .......................................      253        99      404       238      28,404      7,597    37,610     20,898
                                                                                                                                   
 
   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, July 2008 to July 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                                                                                                            

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      (r)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      (r)406,802        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      (r)2,416      (r)468,368     (r)43.7    (r)88.8

             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      (r)1,870      (r)360,208     (r)38.3    (r)77.2

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)(p)1,851   (2)(p)273,860     (p)43.8    (p)65.2

July .......................    2,124      206,254     1,732     172,248                                                     
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
   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 claimants associated with such events increases by 25-40 percent.
   r = revised.
   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                                                                                       
   
                                    July      May      June     July       July        May        June       July  
                                    2009     2010      2010     2010       2009       2010        2010       2010  
                                                                                                                   
        United States (1) ...      3,054     1,354     1,861    2,124     336,654    123,333     171,190    206,254

Northeast ...................        511       203       288      434      45,526     17,575      32,587     44,132
    New England .............         82        29        54       40       7,194      2,421       6,003      3,136
    Middle Atlantic .........        429       174       234      394      38,332     15,154      26,584     40,996

South .......................        725       428       442      512      71,648     38,299      39,969     48,848
    South Atlantic ..........        389       216       267      280      34,220     19,282      23,150     26,937
    East South Central ......        213        94        73      142      25,153      8,431       7,108     13,640
    West South Central ......        123       118       102       90      12,275     10,586       9,711      8,271

Midwest .....................        805       261       390      490     117,188     26,176      39,201     56,377
    East North Central ......        635       175       290      397      94,516     17,981      29,931     46,473
    West North Central ......        170        86       100       93      22,672      8,195       9,270      9,904

West ........................      1,013       462       741      688     102,292     41,283      59,433     56,897
    Mountain ................        112        73       105       71      11,241      6,357       9,136      6,593
    Pacific .................        901       389       636      617      91,051     34,926      50,297     50,304
                                                                                                                   
 
   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                                                                                                      
                              July          May       June       July        July          May        June       July   
                              2009         2010       2010       2010        2009         2010        2010       2010   

   Total (1) ............    3,054        1,354      1,861      2,124      336,654      123,333     171,190    206,254
                                                                                                                      
Alabama .................       75           24         32         57        8,324        2,171       3,783      5,642
Alaska ..................      (2)           11        (2)        (2)          (2)        1,259         (2)        (2)
Arizona .................       35           24         28         16        3,469        2,369       2,197      1,710
Arkansas ................       11            6          7          8        1,033          553         521        765
California ..............      812          345        590        558       82,085       31,197      44,939     44,343
Colorado ................       15           10         14         16        1,536        1,024       1,237      1,552
Connecticut .............       15           10         11         13        1,056          823         968        977
Delaware ................        5          (2)          7        (2)          347         (2)          477       (2)
District of Columbia ....        -            4        (2)        (2)          -            301         (2)       (2)
Florida .................      192          104        123        137       14,929        7,027       9,037     10,581
Georgia .................       62           39         46         27        7,636        4,227       4,398      4,020
Hawaii ..................        9            4          7          5          670          264         562        471
Idaho ...................        8            6          8          5          759          367         481        480

Illinois ................      110           56         88         92       25,119        6,699       8,046     10,969
Indiana .................       87           21         30         38       10,131        1,931       2,977      5,905
Iowa ....................       48           16         13         25        8,730        1,984       1,686      3,463
Kansas ..................       22           15         14          5        2,088        1,464       1,815        416
Kentucky ................       97           28         15         50       14,128        2,758       1,417      5,491
Louisiana ...............       21           29         26         23        1,768        2,646       1,985      2,174
Maine ...................        4            3          5          3          256          204         320        249
Maryland ................       11           12         11         20          987          816       1,172      1,844
Massachusetts ...........       31            9         13         16        2,972          865         948      1,403
Michigan ................      185           24         54        107       23,929        2,924       5,047     12,383
Minnesota ...............       31           11         18         14        3,229          965       1,526      1,462
Mississippi .............       14           11         13         12          803          922         768      1,094
Missouri ................       61           30         48         34        7,647        2,396       3,679      3,005

Montana .................        5            4         10          4          481          267         659        322
Nebraska ................        4            6          6         10          418          593         504        835
Nevada ..................       37           13         24         20        3,212          994       2,956      1,644
New Hampshire ...........       17            3          8        (2)        1,564          264       1,277       (2)
New Jersey ..............      101           34         56        113        8,366        2,685       9,675     10,486
New Mexico ..............        5            8         13          4          252          673         997        247
New York ................      126           67         50        201       11,886        6,338       5,201     23,920
North Carolina ..........       23           13         21         19        1,950        2,462       2,378      1,264
North Dakota ............        4            7          -          4          560          681         -          666
Ohio ....................      138           47         58         87       19,704        3,909       6,056      9,564
Oklahoma ................       16            6          6          8        2,013          350         494        665
Oregon ..................       49           18         27         32        5,492        1,324       3,758      3,582
Pennsylvania ............      202           73        128         80       18,080        6,131      11,708      6,590

Rhode Island ............       10            4          9          6          965          265       1,723        396
South Carolina ..........       59           10         31         36        5,359          839       3,414      5,430
South Dakota ............        -          (2)        (2)        (2)          -           (2)         (2)        (2)
Tennessee ...............       27           31         13         23        1,898        2,580       1,140      1,413
Texas ...................       75           77         63         51        7,461        7,037       6,711      4,667
Utah ....................        7            8          6          6        1,532          663         461        638
Vermont .................        5            -          8        (2)          381          -           767       (2)
Virginia ................       35           26         24         36        2,873        3,151       1,999      3,427
Washington ..............       29           11         10         21        2,549          882         839      1,848
West Virginia ...........      (2)            5        (2)        (2)          (2)          297         (2)        (2)
Wisconsin ...............      115           27         60         73       15,633        2,518       7,805      7,652
Wyoming .................        -            -        (2)          -          -            -          (2)         -

Puerto Rico .............       22           19         24         18        1,826        1,735       1,763      2,344
 
   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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