August 20, 2001
Extended mass layoff events in 2000 were concentrated at the lower end of the size spectrum, with 58 percent involving fewer than 150 workers.
Although nearly 3 of every 5 layoffs involved 150 employees or fewer, they accounted for only 25 percent of all separated workers. Layoffs involving 500 or more workers, just 7 percent of all events, accounted for 34 percent of all separations.
There was an average of 208 separations per extended mass layoff event in 2000.
These data are a product of the Mass Layoff Statistics program. "Extended mass layoffs" last more than 30 days and involve 50 or more individuals from a single establishment filing initial claims for unemployment insurance during a consecutive 5-week period. Additional information is available in "Extended Mass Layoffs in 2000" (PDF, 262K), Report 951
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Most extended mass layoffs in 2000 involved fewer than 150 workers on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2001/aug/wk3/art01.htm (visited November 24, 2014).
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