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

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  
                                                          May        May        May        May        May        May        May        May
                                                         2012       2013       2012       2013       2012       2013       2012       2013

      Total (2) ..................................      1,201      1,383    109,259    134,483        300        277     27,315     26,897
      
Total, private ...................................      1,099      1,255    101,354    123,833        275        251     25,339     24,767
    Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting ...         18         37        920      2,288          5          7        230        458

  Total, private nonfarm .........................      1,081      1,218    100,434    121,545        270        244     25,109     24,309
    Mining .......................................          5          5        262        353          1          1         66         71
    Utilities ....................................        (3)          3        (3)        243        (3)          1        (3)         49
    Construction .................................        129        135      9,617     11,463         32         27      2,404      2,293
        Construction of buildings ................         26         23      2,250      2,064          7          5        563        413
        Heavy and civil engineering construction .         40         49      3,198      4,677         10         10        800        935
        Specialty trade contractors ..............         63         63      4,169      4,722         16         13      1,042        944
    Manufacturing ................................        186        221     18,800     26,125         47         44      4,700      5,225
        Food .....................................         48         57      4,487      6,040         12         11      1,122      1,208
        Beverage and tobacco products ............        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)        (3)
        Textile mills ............................          7          7        685        523          2          1        171        105
        Textile product mills ....................          4          4        266        371          1          1         67         74
        Apparel ..................................         10          8        711        664          3          2        178        133
        Leather and allied products ..............          -          -          -          -          -          -          -          -
        Wood products ............................          4          6        262        530          1          1         66        106
        Paper ....................................          6          6        628        554          2          1        157        111
        Printing and related support activities ..         16          4      1,373        307          4          1        343         61
        Petroleum and coal products ..............          -        (3)          -        (3)          -        (3)          -        (3)

        Chemicals ................................          5          5        546        385          1          1        137         77
        Plastics and rubber products .............          5          5        300        469          1          1         75         94
        Nonmetallic mineral products .............          5          3        488        195          1          1        122         39
        Primary metals ...........................          9         16        641      1,125          2          3        160        225
        Fabricated metal products ................          6         12        384        804          2          2         96        161
        Machinery ................................         12         29      1,175      7,155          3          6        294      1,431
        Computer and electronic products .........         12         11        913        729          3          2        228        146
        Electrical equipment and appliances ......          4          5        723        551          1          1        181        110
        Transportation equipment .................         19         22      3,836      4,020          5          4        959        804
        Furniture and related products ...........          9         11      1,049      1,041          2          2        262        208
        Miscellaneous manufacturing ..............        (3)          5        (3)        329        (3)          1        (3)         66

    Wholesale trade ..............................         16         26        976      1,674          4          5        244        335
    Retail trade (4) .............................        117        103     11,529      9,008         29         21      2,882      1,802
        Building material and garden supply stores          8          8        767        759          2          2        192        152
        Food and beverage stores .................         18         22      1,302      1,851          5          4        326        370
        Clothing and clothing accessories stores .         14          8        773        500          4          2        193        100
        General merchandise stores ...............         49         32      6,414      3,534         12          6      1,604        707
    Transportation and warehousing (4) ...........         38         45      4,628      5,188         10          9      1,157      1,038
        Truck transportation .....................          7          8        362        552          2          2         91        110
        Transit and ground passenger 
          transportation .........................         13         21      2,844      3,338          3          4        711        668
        Support activities for transportation ....          3        (3)        161        (3)          1        (3)         40        (3)
    Information ..................................         39         43      5,349      4,020         10          9      1,337        804
    Finance and insurance ........................         31         18      2,478      1,273          8          4        620        255
    Real estate and rental and leasing ...........          4          7        428        540          1          1        107        108
    Professional and technical services ..........         56         64      3,780      6,685         14         13        945      1,337
    Management of companies and enterprises ......          4          4        516        407          1          1        129         81
    Administrative and waste services ............        169        207     12,483     17,588         42         41      3,121      3,518
    Educational services .........................         11         12        843        980          3          2        211        196
    Health care and social assistance ............         95        133      9,725     15,256         24         27      2,431      3,051
    Arts, entertainment, and recreation ..........         26         28      1,920      1,720          7          6        480        344
    Accommodation and food services ..............        120        130     14,142     15,553         30         26      3,536      3,111
        Accommodation ............................         13         14        970        972          3          3        243        194
        Food services and drinking places ........        107        116     13,172     14,581         27         23      3,293      2,916
    Other services, except public administration .         29         31      2,595      3,162          7          6        649        632
    Unclassified .................................        (3)          3        (3)        307        (3)          1        (3)         61

Government .......................................        102        128      7,905     10,650         26         26      1,976      2,130
    Federal ......................................          7          8        519        782          2          2        130        156
    State ........................................         24         36      1,856      2,902          6          7        464        580
         State government education ..............         15         23      1,008      1,672          4          5        252        334
    Local ........................................         71         84      5,530      6,966         18         17      1,383      1,393
         Local government education ..............         37         52      2,359      3,935          9         10        590        787

   1 Average weekly analysis mitigates the effect of differing lengths of months. There were 4 weeks in May 2012 and 5 weeks in May 2013.
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.



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Last Modified Date: June 21, 2013
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