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Mass layoffs in September 2012

October 24, 2012

Employers took 811 mass layoff actions involving 70,570 workers in September 2012, not seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month. This was down from a year earlier when employers took 1,189 mass layoff actions, involving 117,232 workers.

State distribution: Initial claimants for unemployment insurance, not seasonally adjusted

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State distribution: Initial claimants for unemployment insurance, not seasonally adjusted
 Sept. 2012Sept. 2011

Alabama

1,3961,419

Alaska

1532

Arizona

207678

Arkansas

598825

California

16,58133,690

Colorado

307680

Connecticut

200242

Delaware

0null

District of Columbia

0null

Florida

3,5494,538

Georgia

1,4773,256

Hawaii

2961

Idaho

1365

Illinois

2,4815,092

Indiana

1,3172,179

Iowa

919741

Kansas

798334

Kentucky

1,5562,202

Louisiana

2,0391,554

Maine

0194

Maryland

919617

Massachusetts

418617

Michigan

1,8082,186

Minnesota

507419

Mississippi

910521

Missouri

1,9081,520

Montana

1228

Nebraska

1578

Nevada

5741,274

New Hampshire

0null

New Jersey

2,1563,922

New Mexico

nullnull

New York

4,1407,664

North Carolina

3,6225,449

North Dakota

null0

Ohio

2,5324,985

Oklahoma

1372

Oregon

6321,178

Pennsylvania

5,02612,300

Puerto Rico

4462,823

Rhode Island

1700

South Carolina

7581,944

South Dakota

null0

Tennessee

1846

Texas

3,4854,470

Utah

1329

Vermont

0537

Virginia

2,615569

Washington

1,0821,006

West Virginia

0null

Wisconsin

1,7423,851

Wyoming

00

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AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirgin IslandsVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Among the census regions, the South registered the largest number of initial claims resulting from mass layoffs in September. Three of the four regions experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in the West.

Among the states, California recorded the highest number of mass layoff initial claims in September, followed by Pennsylvania and New York. Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims, led by California and Pennsylvania.

These data are from the Mass Layoff Statistics program. For more information, see "Mass Layoffs — September 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-2120. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer.

 

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Mass layoffs in September 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121024.htm (visited September 30, 2014).

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