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.
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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.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Mass layoffs in September 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20121024.htm (visited March 11, 2014).
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