Ohio Labor Market Information
Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) is a federal-state cooperative standardized program designed to identify, describe and track the impact of large job cutbacks. An extended mass layoff event occurs when an employer has at least 50 initial unemployment compensation claims filed against it within a five-week period and the layoff lasts longer than 30 days. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Mass Layoff Statistics web site has additional information about the program.
About Mass Layoff Statistics provides technical information on the program.
On March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation, by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate two programs, including Mass Layoff Statistics, and all "measuring green jobs" products. The final release of Mass Layoffs Statistics data will occur on June 21st, with publication of the May 2013 data.
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The Mass Layoff Statistics Program uses initial unemployment insurance claims to identify potential events. Employers identified as having potential mass layoff events are contacted by telephone to confirm if actual events meeting Mass Layoff Statistics criteria occurred.
Beginning with 2002 data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Mass Layoff Statistics program uses the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) as the basis for assignment and tabulation of data by industry. As such, Ohio data are published using NAICS beginning 2002. Due to the differences in NAICS and the previously used Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) structures, data by industry for 2002 are not comparable to SIC based data for earlier years.The U.S. Census Bureau's North American Industry Classification System page has a full explanation of the NAICS system.
Mass layoff events are published by industry and primary reason for layoff. Data include the number of verified mass layoff events and the resulting number of employee separations reported by the employers.
Mass Layoff statistics are published quarterly
Data may be used to assist ailing industries or geographic areas and to identify dislocated workers involved in large layoffs. This allows training resources to be targeted to workers in need of services.
Confidentiality regulations do not permit the disclosure of the names of employers with mass layoffs. However, Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notices filed by employers are a matter of public record and may be viewed at http://jfs.ohio.gov/warn/.
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