Economic News Release

Mass Layoffs (Monthly) News Release

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Thursday, August 23, 2012                       USDL-12-1718

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                             MASS LAYOFFS -- JULY 2012


Employers took 1,340 mass layoff actions in July involving 137,420 workers, seasonally
adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the
month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Each mass layoff involved
at least 50 workers from a single employer. Mass layoff events in July increased by 23
from June, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 6,014. Year-to-date
mass layoff events (9,425) and initial claims (905,310) both recorded their lowest
figures for a January-July period since 2007. In July, 364 mass layoff events were
reported in the manufacturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 44,920 initial
claims. Mass layoff data are identified using administrative data sources without
regard to layoff duration. (See table 1 and the note at the end of this release.)

The national unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in July, essentially unchanged from the
prior month but down from 9.1 percent a year earlier. Total nonfarm payroll employment
increased by 163,000 over the month and by 1,838,000 over the year.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The number of mass layoff events in July was 1,515, not seasonally adjusted, resulting
in 157,753 initial claims for unemployment insurance. (See table 2.) Over the year,
the number of average weekly mass layoff events in July decreased by 56 to 379, and
associated average weekly initial claims decreased by 3,917 to 39,438. Thirteen of
the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy reported over-the-year decreases
in average weekly initial claims for July, with the largest decrease occurring in
administrative and waste services. (See table 3.) In July 2012, the six-digit industry
with the largest number of private nonfarm initial claims was temporary help services.
(See table A.)

In July, the manufacturing sector accounted for 40 percent of mass layoff events and
51 percent of associated initial claims in the private economy. Within manufacturing,
the number of mass layoff claimants was highest in transportation equipment. Thirteen
of the 21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year increases in average
weekly initial claims. (See table 3.)


Table A. Six-digit NAICS industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial
claims in July 2012, private nonfarm, not seasonally adjusted

                                                                        July peak
                  Industry                               Initial               Initial
                                                          claims     Year       claims

Temporary help services (1) ...................           11,750     1998       24,601
Automobile manufacturing ......................            7,497     1996       22,644
Fossil fuel electric power generation .........             (2)      2012         (2) 
Motor vehicle seating and interior trim mfg. ..            3,456     2005        9,238
Light truck and utility vehicle 
  manufacturing ...............................             (2)      1997       14,618
Other motor vehicle parts manufacturing .......            3,108     2004        9,954
Motor vehicle metal stamping ..................            2,952     2005        8,198
Discount department stores ....................            2,810     2009        3,995
Heavy duty truck manufacturing ................            2,467     2008        6,790
Professional employer organizations (1) .......            2,273     2009        8,240

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


Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

Among the census regions, the South registered the largest number of initial claims in
July. Two of the 4 regions experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly
initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in the West. (See table 4.)

Among the states, California recorded the highest number of mass layoff initial claims
in July, followed by Michigan and New York. Thirty states experienced over-the-year
decreases in average weekly initial claims, led by California, Minnesota, and Florida.
(See table 4.)

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. The monthly data series in this release are
subjected to average weekly analysis, which mitigates the effect of differing lengths
of months. See the Technical Note for more detailed definitions and for a description
of average weekly analysis.

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The Mass Layoffs news release for August is scheduled to be released on Friday,
September 21, 2012, 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.

   The monthly data present preliminary mass layoff activity in the 
reference month and are not revised in subsequent months except in special 
circumstances (e.g., layoffs in states affected by Hurricane Katrina).  
Counts of initial claims associated with mass layoff events reflect 
activity through the end of the reference month. Additional mass layoff 
event and initial claims activity received after data for the reference 
month have been published by BLS are not updated in the monthly mass layoff 
series and, therefore, may not match revised mass layoff data issued in 
state publications. However, any additional mass layoff information 
meeting the extended mass layoff criteria will be reflected in BLS’ 
quarterly publication of extended mass layoff data.

   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, data users who intend to perform analysis of over-the-year
change in the not seasonally adjusted series should use the average weekly
mass layoff figures displayed in tables 3 and 4 of this release.  The average
weekly adjustment process produces a consistent series for each month across
all years, permitting over-the-year analysis to be performed using strictly
comparable data.

   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

   Average weekly mass layoff events and initial claimants. The number of
events and initial claimants in a given month divided by the number of weeks
contained within that month.

   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 administered
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 insurance
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 publishing
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 expansions
and contractions.

   The MLS data are seasonally adjusted using the X-12-ARIMA seasonal adjustment
method on a concurrent basis. Concurrent seasonal adjustment uses all available
monthly estimates, including those for the current month, in developing 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
seasonal 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 2008 to
July 2012, seasonally adjusted

                                       Total           Private nonfarm         Manufacturing  
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial 
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants
                                                                                              
             2008                                                                             

August .....................     1,763     181,853     1,632     172,147       578      77,464
September ..................     2,159     229,180     1,990     215,749       629      82,011
October ....................     2,201     226,853     2,043     213,454       698      93,252
November ...................     2,406     239,239     2,247     225,404       907     103,836
December ...................     2,437     244,889     2,261     230,621       935     116,181

             2009                                                                             

January ....................     2,254     235,371     2,083     221,653       726      92,293
February ...................     3,059     326,392     2,901     310,378     1,251     145,839
March ......................     2,999     299,322     2,800     282,414     1,230     154,168
April ......................     2,566     249,129     2,349     232,632     1,007     116,051
May ........................     2,710     284,468     2,516     267,869     1,181     147,184
June .......................     2,466     247,597     2,257     230,502     1,048     137,649
July .......................     2,186     222,941     1,979     203,911       636      75,728
August .....................     2,340     216,047     2,115     197,172       751      77,894
September ..................     2,261     214,018     2,048     198,761       786      91,125
October ....................     1,969     195,752     1,772     178,172       571      65,217
November ...................     1,757     164,454     1,588     151,172       472      52,855
December ...................     1,719     155,056     1,543     140,835       424      44,096

             2010                                                                             

January ....................     1,707     168,044     1,529     154,187       471      53,817
February ...................     1,631     156,292     1,465     141,831       374      43,620
March ......................     1,676     149,816     1,469     134,518       356      40,705
April ......................     1,637     154,558     1,452     138,503       368      44,506
May ........................     1,608     150,996     1,357     130,273       302      29,932
June .......................     1,695     151,435     1,475     132,742       325      33,298
July .......................     1,519     138,091     1,316     122,162       304      32,253
August .....................     1,588     159,329     1,399     136,697       390      43,154
September ..................     1,510     133,576     1,295     115,349       328      34,333
October ....................     1,654     149,589     1,446     132,146       354      38,937
November ...................     1,592     161,145     1,410     145,494       360      39,977
December ...................     1,477     135,849     1,271     121,171       322      36,267

             2011                                                                             

January ....................     1,536     148,952     1,348     131,869       337      37,477
February ...................     1,434     131,569     1,242     116,745       297      26,696
March ......................     1,275     115,391     1,118     102,722       251      28,988
April ......................     1,548     145,836     1,383     131,317       341      37,053
May ........................     1,600     144,412     1,404     127,793       374      39,180
June .......................     1,513     143,384     1,334     128,410       344      36,265
July .......................     1,562     145,078     1,348     125,285       346      36,312
August .....................     1,551     164,275     1,347     149,874       382      49,194
September ..................     1,447     147,353     1,306     134,038       364      38,026
October ....................     1,335     118,924     1,205     107,330       341      33,926
November ...................     1,332     131,627     1,192     120,760       324      36,563
December ...................     1,384     145,648     1,238     130,583       351      39,081

             2012                                                                             

January ....................     1,434     129,920     1,298     119,102       341      33,597
February ...................     1,293     119,463     1,153     108,577       282      27,388
March ......................     1,273     121,310     1,125     109,421       261      26,348
April ......................     1,388     135,600     1,222     120,213       287      33,243
May ........................     1,380     130,191     1,222     117,654       264      29,675
June .......................     1,317     131,406     1,171     118,451       267      29,093
July .......................     1,340     137,420     1,208     127,092       364      44,920




Table 2. Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, August 2008 
to July 2012, not seasonally adjusted

                                       Total           Private nonfarm         Manufacturing   
             Date                                                                             
                                           Initial               Initial               Initial 
                                Events    claimants   Events    claimants    Events   claimants
                                                                                              
             2008                                                                             

August .....................     1,427     139,999     1,343     133,146       414      51,912
September ..................     1,292     129,586     1,202     122,505       361      46,391
October ....................     2,125     221,784     1,917     205,553       689     100,457
November ...................     2,574     241,589     2,389     226,657       997     107,620
December ...................     3,377     351,305     3,232     340,220     1,378     172,529

             2009                                                                             

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

             2010                                                                             

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

             2011                                                                             

January ....................     2,558     246,463     2,372     229,765       693      75,006
February ...................     1,024      85,585       919      78,718       222      18,471
March ......................       908      85,095       844      80,014       191      20,869
April ......................     1,750     189,919     1,625     176,478       397      47,104
May ........................     1,367     119,911     1,221     108,531       270      25,199
June .......................     1,661     159,930     1,238     122,821       226      22,986
July .......................     2,176     216,774     1,759     174,078       602      71,814
August .....................       961      99,213       875      93,159       228      26,916
September ..................     1,189     117,232     1,095     107,300       296      32,058
October ....................     1,101      96,914       950      83,748       265      28,447
November ...................     1,393     127,750     1,245     117,474       349      37,799
December ...................     2,433     263,665     2,258     247,916       658      75,033

             2012                                                                             

January ....................     1,705     141,703     1,587     132,754       415      38,021
February ...................       895      73,974       820      69,076       196      16,555
March ......................     1,125     117,817     1,040     110,954       242      24,241
April ......................     1,421     146,358     1,293     132,697       256      32,518
May ........................     1,201     109,259     1,081     100,434       186      18,800
June .......................     1,890     198,537     1,485     158,334       255      28,570
July .......................     1,515     157,753     1,321     144,340       559      74,963




Table 3. Industry distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, not seasonally adjusted

                      Industry                                   Mass layoff totals                    Average weekly mass layoffs (1)
                      
                                                             Events         Initial claimants            Events         Initial claimants  
                                                         July       July       July       July       July       July       July       July
                                                         2011       2012       2011       2012       2011       2012       2011       2012

      Total (2) ..................................      2,176      1,515    216,774    157,753        435        379     43,355     39,438
      
Total, private ...................................      1,867      1,385    182,960    148,561        373        346     36,592     37,140
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ...        108         64      8,882      4,221         22         16      1,776      1,055

  Total, private nonfarm .........................      1,759      1,321    174,078    144,340        352        330     34,816     36,085
    Mining .......................................          -          6          -        401          -          2          -        100
    Utilities ....................................        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    Construction .................................        118         86      8,990      6,583         24         22      1,798      1,646
        Construction of buildings ................         24         16      2,050      1,129          5          4        410        282
        Heavy and civil engineering construction .         32         34      2,823      2,678          6          9        565        670
        Specialty trade contractors ..............         62         36      4,117      2,776         12          9        823        694
    Manufacturing ................................        602        559     71,814     74,963        120        140     14,363     18,741
        Food .....................................         84         77      9,998      8,647         17         19      2,000      2,162
        Beverage and tobacco products ............        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
        Textile mills ............................         29         27      3,341      2,821          6          7        668        705
        Textile product mills ....................          9          9      1,107        813          2          2        221        203
        Apparel ..................................         14         23      1,526      2,375          3          6        305        594
        Leather and allied products ..............          3          4        869        506          1          1        174        127
        Wood products ............................         28         24      2,826      3,047          6          6        565        762
        Paper ....................................          4         10        298        700          1          3         60        175
        Printing and related support activities ..          9          6        930        571          2          2        186        143
        Petroleum and coal products ..............        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)

        Chemicals ................................         12          6        935        402          2          2        187        101
        Plastics and rubber products .............         36         38      3,359      3,999          7         10        672      1,000
        Nonmetallic mineral products .............         13         11      1,612      1,183          3          3        322        296
        Primary metals ...........................         24         24      2,450      2,802          5          6        490        701
        Fabricated metal products ................         27         33      2,980      2,991          5          8        596        748
        Machinery ................................         34         38      4,799      4,891          7         10        960      1,223
        Computer and electronic products .........         19         16      1,735      1,210          4          4        347        303
        Electrical equipment and appliances ......         19         15      2,628      2,185          4          4        526        546
        Transportation equipment .................        193        158     26,488     31,786         39         40      5,298      7,947
        Furniture and related products ...........         31         24      2,770      2,567          6          6        554        642
        Miscellaneous manufacturing ..............          9         13        726      1,287          2          3        145        322

    Wholesale trade ..............................         21         20      1,594      1,316          4          5        319        329
    Retail trade (4) .............................        165         92     17,189      8,589         33         23      3,438      2,147
        Building material and garden supply stores         16          7      1,358        606          3          2        272        152
        Food and beverage stores .................         32         15      3,343      1,021          6          4        669        255
        Clothing and clothing accessories stores .         19          9      1,149        634          4          2        230        159
        General merchandise stores ...............         59         33      8,412      4,487         12          8      1,682      1,122
    Transportation and warehousing (4) ...........        114         65      9,326      5,924         23         16      1,865      1,481
        Truck transportation .....................         10         11        657        761          2          3        131        190
        Transit and ground passenger 
          transportation .........................         80         32      6,566      2,750         16          8      1,313        688
        Support activities for transportation ....          6          8        518        849          1          2        104        212
    Information ..................................         52         32      5,289      4,303         10          8      1,058      1,076
    Finance and insurance ........................         43         24      2,769      1,656          9          6        554        414
    Real estate and rental and leasing ...........         10          4        856        255          2          1        171         64
    Professional and technical services ..........         51         41      4,372      3,438         10         10        874        860
    Management of companies and enterprises ......          5        (3)        654        (3)          1        (3)        131        (3)
    Administrative and waste services ............        320        213     31,193     17,369         64         53      6,239      4,342
    Educational services .........................         29         25      1,993      1,710          6          6        399        428
    Health care and social assistance ............        104         56      7,079      4,113         21         14      1,416      1,028
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation ..........         30         14      2,867        774          6          4        573        194
    Accommodation and food services ..............         74         66      6,445      4,431         15         17      1,289      1,108
        Accommodation ............................         12         20        839      1,403          2          5        168        351
        Food services and drinking places ........         62         46      5,606      3,028         12         12      1,121        757
    Other services, except public administration .         17         13      1,336        850          3          3        267        213
    Unclassified .................................        (3)          -        (3)          -        (3)          -        (3)          -

Government .......................................        309        130     33,814      9,192         62         33      6,763      2,298
    Federal ......................................         10          8        784        672          2          2        157        168
    State ........................................         78         25     12,220      2,106         16          6      2,444        527
         State government education ..............          7         13        644        935          1          3        129        234
    Local ........................................        221         97     20,810      6,414         44         24      4,162      1,604
         Local government education ..............        173         71     14,505      4,469         35         18      2,901      1,117

   1 Average weekly analysis mitigates the effect of differing lengths of months. There were 5 weeks in July 2011 and 4 weeks in July 2012.
Average weekly events and initial claimants may not sum to subtotals and totals due to rounding.
   2 Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
   3 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   4 Includes other industries not shown.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.




Table 4. Region and state distribution: Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance,
not seasonally adjusted

     Census region and state               Mass layoff totals                    Average weekly mass layoffs (1)    

                                       Events         Initial Claimants            Events         Initial Claimants 
                                   July       July       July       July       July       July       July       July
                                   2011       2012       2011       2012       2011       2012       2011       2012

   Total (2) ...............      2,176      1,515    216,774    157,753        435        379     43,355     39,438
Northeast ..................        363        268     34,691     30,266         73         67      6,938      7,567
    Connecticut ............          8         15        713      1,137          2          4        143        284
    Maine ..................          9         10        667      1,263          2          3        133        316
    Massachusetts ..........         16         13      1,632      1,026          3          3        326        257
    New Hampshire ..........          5        (3)        363        (3)          1        (3)         73        (3)
    New Jersey .............         81         35      7,381      2,667         16          9      1,476        667
    New York ...............        142        101     14,892     16,306         28         25      2,978      4,077
    Pennsylvania ...........         96         86      8,610      7,154         19         22      1,722      1,789
    Rhode Island ...........        (3)          4        (3)        251        (3)          1        (3)         63
    Vermont ................        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)

South ......................        624        494     62,261     52,296        125        124     12,452     13,074
    Alabama ................         60         55      6,904      6,119         12         14      1,381      1,530
    Arkansas ...............         17         15      1,607      1,416          3          4        321        354
    Delaware ...............        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    District of Columbia ...        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    Florida ................        147         78     12,098      5,203         29         20      2,420      1,301
    Georgia ................         45         32      5,152      2,844          9          8      1,030        711
    Kentucky ...............         54         51      6,294     10,614         11         13      1,259      2,654
    Louisiana ..............         21         16      1,936      1,189          4          4        387        297
    Maryland (4) ...........         13         11      1,486        886          3          3        297        222
    Mississippi ............         25          9      1,853        887          5          2        371        222
    North Carolina .........         80         98      8,083     10,695         16         25      1,617      2,674
    Oklahoma ...............          6        (3)      1,206        (3)          1        (3)        241        (3)
    South Carolina .........         28         35      2,724      4,144          6          9        545      1,036
    Tennessee ..............         25         16      2,314      1,590          5          4        463        398
    Texas ..................         58         40      6,259      3,333         12         10      1,252        833
    Virginia ...............         41         30      4,028      2,719          8          8        806        680
    West Virginia ..........          -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -

Midwest ....................        505        373     62,114     46,431        101         93     12,423     11,608
    Illinois ...............         48         39      5,599      4,036         10         10      1,120      1,009
    Indiana ................         31         23      5,700      2,307          6          6      1,140        577
    Iowa ...................         19         16      2,397      2,210          4          4        479        553
    Kansas .................         12         14      1,372      1,596          2          4        274        399
    Michigan ...............        130        123     14,164     17,118         26         31      2,833      4,280
    Minnesota ..............         68         15     11,406      1,678         14          4      2,281        420
    Missouri ...............         36         27      4,068      2,433          7          7        814        608
    Nebraska ...............          8        (3)      1,026        (3)          2        (3)        205        (3)
    North Dakota ...........          3        (3)        583        (3)          1        (3)        117        (3)
    Ohio ...................         67         65      7,739      9,720         13         16      1,548      2,430
    South Dakota ...........          -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
    Wisconsin ..............         83         44      8,060      4,488         17         11      1,612      1,122

West .......................        684        380     57,708     28,760        137         95     11,542      7,190
    Alaska .................        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    Arizona ................         23         19      2,137      1,594          5          5        427        399
    California .............        571        297     46,009     21,608        114         74      9,202      5,402
    Colorado ...............          8         10        704        765          2          3        141        191
    Hawaii .................        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
    Idaho ..................          9        (3)      1,220        (3)          2        (3)        244        (3)
    Montana ................          4          -        306          -          1          -         61          -
    Nevada .................         10          8        875        758          2          2        175        190
    New Mexico .............          9          7        568        492          2          2        114        123
    Oregon .................         27         21      3,435      2,118          5          5        687        530
    Utah ...................          4          4        529        332          1          1        106         83
    Washington .............         15          8      1,537        711          3          2        307        178
    Wyoming ................          -        (3)          -        (3)          -        (3)          -        (3)

    Puerto Rico ............         19          7      2,333        588          4          2        467        147
                                                                                                                    
   1 See footnote 1, table 3.
   2 See footnote 2, table 3.
   3 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards. 
   4 Data starting in June 2012 may not be comparable to prior data due to a change in MLS unemployment insurance
procedures.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.




Last Modified Date: August 23, 2012
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