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06-04-2010, 05:41 AM
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Mass Layoffs Summary

For release 10:00 a.m. (EDT) Friday, May 21, 2010 USDL-10-0688

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Employers took 1,856 mass layoff actions in April that resulted in the sepa-
ration of 200,870 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings
for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported today. Each action involved at least 50 persons
from a single employer. The number of mass layoff events in April increased
by 228 from the prior month, and the number of associated initial claims in-
creased by 50,006. In April, 448 mass layoff events were reported in the manu-
facturing sector, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 63,616 initial claims.
(See table 1.)

During the 29 months from December 2007 through April 2010, the total number
of mass layoff events (seasonally adjusted) was 58,793, and the associated
number of initial claims was 5,932,553. (December 2007 was the start of a re-
cession as designated by the National Bureau of Economic Research.)

The national unemployment rate was 9.9 percent in April 2010, seasonally ad-
justed, up from 9.7 percent the prior month and from 8.9 percent a year earlier.
In April, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 290,000 over the month but
was down by 1,381,000 from a year earlier.

Industry Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

The number of mass layoff events in April was 1,840 on a not seasonally ad-
justed basis; the number of associated initial claims was 199,690. (See
table 2.) Over the year, the number of average weekly mass layoff events
decreased by 269, and associated average weekly initial claims decreased
by 24,295. Sixteen of the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy
reported over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims, led by
manufacturing. (Average weekly analysis mitigates the effect of differing
numbers of weeks in a month. See the Technical Note.) However, the health
care and social assistance industry and the real estate and rental and
leasing industry reported program highs in terms of average weekly initial
claims for the month of April.

The manufacturing sector accounted for 23 percent of all mass layoff events
and 28 percent of initial claims filed in April 2010. A year earlier, manu-
facturing made up 35 percent of events and 39 percent of initial claims.
Within manufacturing, the number of claimants in April 2010 was greatest in
transportation equipment and food. (See table 3.) All 21 manufacturing sub-
sectors experienced over-the-year decreases in average weekly initial claims,
with the largest decrease in machinery manufacturing.

Table A. Industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims in
April 2010, not seasonally adjusted

April peak
Initial Year Initial
claims claims

School and employee bus transportation ........ 19,007 2009 22,324
Temporary help services (1) ................... 11,691 2001 17,507
Automobile manufacturing ...................... 9,670 1996 14,744
Food service contractors ...................... 9,195 2010 9,195
Tax preparation services ...................... 6,514 2010 6,514
Motion picture and video production ........... 5,905 1997 15,908
Hotels and motels, except casino hotels ....... 4,130 2010 4,130
Professional employer organizations (1) ....... 4,006 2009 4,372
Light truck and utility vehicle manufacturing . 3,593 1997 4,978
Discount department stores .................... 3,581 2009 4,462

1 See the Technical Note for more information on these industries.

The six-digit industry with the largest number of initial claims in April
2010 was school and employee bus transportation. (See table A.) Of the 10
detailed industries with the largest number of mass layoff initial claims,
food service contractors and tax preparation services reached program highs
for the month of April, irrespective of the number of weeks in the month.
(Data begin in 1995.)

Geographic Distribution (Not Seasonally Adjusted)

All four regions and all nine divisions experienced over-the-year decreases
in average weekly initial claims due to mass layoffs in April. Among the
four census regions, the Midwest and South registered the largest over-the-
year declines in average weekly initial claims. Of the nine geographic divi-
sions, the East North Central and the South Atlantic had the largest over-
the-year declines.

California recorded the highest number of initial claims in April, followed
by New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and New Jersey. (See table 6.) Forty-
one states and the District of Columbia experienced over-the-year decreases
in average weekly initial claims, led by Illinois, New York, California, and
Ohio. However, six states reached April program highs for average weekly ini-
tial claims in 2010: Alaska, Colorado, Nebraska, New Jersey, Rhode Island,
and Wyoming.


The monthly data series in this release cover mass layoffs of 50 or more
workers beginning in a given month, regardless of the duration of the layoffs.
For private nonfarm establishments, information on the length of the layoff
is obtained later and issued in a quarterly release that reports on mass lay-
offs lasting more than 30 days (referred to as "extended mass layoffs"). The
quarterly release provides more information on the industry classification
and location of the establishment and on the demographics of the laid-off
workers. Because monthly figures include short-term layoffs of 30 days or less,
the sum of the figures for the 3 months in a quarter will be higher than the
quarterly figure for mass layoffs of more than 30 days. (See table 4.) See the
Technical Note for more detailed definitions.</span>

06-05-2010, 04:33 AM