The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tracks major,
extended layoff events as a means of monitoring trends in the labor force.
The tables on the following pages display the total number
of initial claims associated with mass layoff events, categorized by race/ethnicity, gender, and age. A mass
layoff event occurs when fifty or more initial claims are filed against an employer during a 5-week period,
with at least 50 workers separated for more than 30 days, as confirmed by the employer during an employer interview.
Initial Claims Characteristics Reports
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