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Mass Layoff Statistics

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.

Mass Layoffs Data Discontinued

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.

Quarterly Mass Layoff Events

Events Separations
Quarterly Reports:
Year First Quarter Second Quarter Third Quarter Fourth Quarter
2013 [ 1st Quarter 2013 ] [n/a] [n/a] [n/a]
2012 [ 1st Quarter 2012 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2012 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2012 ] [ 4th Quarter 2012 ]
2011 [ 1st Quarter 2011 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2011 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2011 ] [ 4th Quarter 2011 ]
2010 [ 1st Quarter 2010 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2010 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2010 ] [ 4th Quarter 2010 ]
2009 [ 1st Quarter 2009 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2009 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2009 ] [ 4th Quarter 2009 ]
2008 [ 1st Quarter 2008 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2008 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2008 ] [ 4th Quarter 2008 ]
2007 [ 1st Quarter 2007 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2007 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2007 ] [ 4th Quarter 2007 ]
2006 [ 1st Quarter 2006 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2006 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2006 ] [ 4th Quarter 2006 ]
2005 [ 1st Quarter 2005 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2005 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2005 ] [ 4th Quarter 2005 ]
2004 [ 1st Quarter 2004 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2004 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2004 ] [ 4th Quarter 2004 ]
2003 [ 1st Quarter 2003 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2003 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2003 ] [ 4th Quarter 2003 ]
2002 [ 1st Quarter 2002 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2002 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2002 ] [ 4th Quarter 2002 ]
2001 [ 1st Quarter 2001 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2001 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2001 ] [ 4th Quarter 2001 ]
2000 [ 1st Quarter 2000 ] [ 2nd Quarter 2000 ] [ 3rd Quarter 2000 ] [ 4th Quarter 2000 ]
1999 [ 1st Quarter 1999 ] [ 2nd Quarter 1999 ] [ 3rd Quarter 1999 ] [ 4th Quarter 1999 ]
*n/a - not yet available

Annual Mass Layoff Events

About Mass Layoff Statistics

Data Source

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.

Level of Detail

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.

Frequency

Mass Layoff statistics are published quarterly

Geographic Areas

Ohio

Uses

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.

Limitations

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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