February 02, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Mass layoffs in 2009

Number of mass layoff events, 19962009, not seasonally adjusted
Year Number of mass layoff events

1996

14,111

1997

14,960

1998

15,904

1999

14,909

2000

15,738

2001

21,467

2002

20,277

2003

18,963

2004

15,980

2005

16,466

2006

13,998

2007

15,493

2008

21,137

2009

28,030

These data featured in the TED article, Mass layoffs in 2009.