December 29, 2010
In November, 12 of the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy reported over-the-year decreases in initial claims, led by manufacturing. Thirteen of the 21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in initial claims, with the largest declines in transportation equipment and in machinery.
The manufacturing sector accounted for 23 percent of all mass layoff events and 26 percent of initial claims filed in November. In November 2009, manufacturing made up 28 percent of events and 33 percent of initial claims.
Within manufacturing, the number of claimants in November 2010 was greatest in transportation equipment and in food.
These data are from the Mass Layoffs Statistics program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Mass Layoffs — November 2010" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-10-1750. Each mass layoff event involves at least 50 people from a single employer.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Mass layoff initial claims in manufacturing, November 2010 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2010/ted_20101229.htm (visited May 21, 2013).
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