Mass layoff events and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, private nonfarm, 1996 to 2013, not seasonally adjusted
Year/Quarter Mass layoffs Extended mass layoffs lasting more than 30 days Realization rates(1)
Events Initial
claimants
Events Initial
claimants
Events Initial
claimants

1996

12,614 1,320,844 4,760 805,810 37.7 61.0

1997

12,869 1,381,669 4,671 879,831 36.3 63.7

1998

13,562 1,583,817 4,859 1,056,462 35.8 66.7

1999

12,479 1,382,359 4,556 796,917 36.5 57.6

2000

13,525 1,645,532 4,591 846,267 33.9 51.4

2001

19,449 2,346,584 7,375 1,457,512 37.9 62.1

2002

18,212 2,069,713 6,337 1,218,143 34.8 58.9

2003

16,821 1,721,985 6,181 1,200,811 36.7 69.7

2004

14,207 1,464,164 5,010 903,079 35.3 61.7

2005

14,823 1,640,878 4,881 834,533 32.9 50.9

2006

12,587 1,371,995 4,885 951,155 38.8 69.3

2007

14,046 1,485,973 5,363 978,712 38.2 65.9

2008

19,432 1,995,027 8,259 1,670,042 42.5 83.7

2009

First Quarter

7,913 807,445 3,979 835,551 50.3 103.5

Second Quarter

7,008 733,431 3,395 731,049 48.4 99.7

Third Quarter

5,251 528,923 2,034 406,823 38.7 76.9

Fourth Quarter

5,523 527,289 2,416 468,577 43.7 88.9

2010

First Quarter

4,884 466,610 1,870 368,664 38.3 79.0

Second Quarter

4,222 419,729 2,008 396,441 47.6 94.5

Third Quarter

3,435 323,256 1,370 260,077 39.9 80.5

Fourth Quarter

4,613 443,337 1,999 390,584 43.3 88.1

2011

First Quarter

4,135 388,497 1,490 258,220 36.0 66.5

Second Quarter

4,084 407,830 1,810 342,530 44.3 84.0

Third Quarter

3,729 374,537 1,393 291,066 37.4 77.7

Fourth Quarter

4,453 449,138 1,903 403,457 42.7 89.8

2012

First Quarter

3,447 312,784 1,294 291,174 37.5 93.1

Second Quarter

3,859 391,465 1,959 (r)383,492 50.8 98.0

Third Quarter

3,062 308,248 1,124 (r)228,818 36.7 (r)74.2

Fourth Quarter

4,868 502,966 (2)(r)2,123 (2)(r)432,792 (r)43.6 (r)86.0

2013

First Quarter

3318 316561 (2)(p)914 (2)(p)133294 (2)(p)27.5 (2)(p)42.1
(1) The event realization rate is the percentage of all private nonfarm mass layoff events lasting more than 30 days. The initial claimant realization rate is the percentage of all private nonfarm mass layoff initial claimants associated with layoffs lasting more than 30 days.
(2) These quarterly numbers are provisional and will be revised as more data on these layoffs become available. Experience suggests that the number of extended mass layoff events is generally revised upwards by less than 10 percent and the number of initial claimants associated with such events increases by 25-40 percent.
(p) = preliminary.
(r) = revised.

Last Modified Date: May 13, 2013