February 22, 2010 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Work stoppages in 2009

Number of major work stoppages and number of workers idled, 19472009
Year Number of work stoppages Numbers of workers involved

1947

270 1,629,000

1948

245 1,435,000

1949

262 2,537,000

1950

424 1,698,000

1951

415 1,462,000

1952

470 2,746,000

1953

437 1,623,000

1954

265 1,075,000

1955

363 2,055,000

1956

287 1,370,000

1957

279 887,000

1958

332 1,587,000

1959

245 1,381,000

1960

222 896,000

1961

195 1,031,000

1962

211 793,000

1963

181 512,000

1964

246 1,183,000

1965

268 999,000

1966

321 1,300,000

1967

381 2,192,000

1968

392 1,855,000

1969

412 1,576,000

1970

381 2,468,000

1971

298 2,516,000

1972

250 975,000

1973

317 1,400,000

1974

424 1,796,000

1975

235 965,000

1976

231 1,519,000

1977

298 1,212,000

1978

219 1,006,000

1979

235 1,021,000

1980

187 795,000

1981

145 729,000

1982

96 656,000

1983

81 909,000

1984

62 376,000

1985

54 324,000

1986

69 533,000

1987

46 174,000

1988

40 118,000

1989

51 452,000

1990

44 185,000

1991

40 392,000

1992

35 364,000

1993

35 182,000

1994

45 322,000

1995

31 192,000

1996

37 273,000

1997

29 339,000

1998

34 387,000

1999

17 73,000

2000

39 394,000

2001

29 99,000

2002

19 46,000

2003

14 129,000

2004

17 171,000

2005

22 100,000

2006

20 70,000

2007

21 189,000

2008

15 72,000

2009

5 13,000

These data featured in the TED article, Work stoppages in 2009.

 

 

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