August 10, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Extended mass layoffs, second quarter 2012

Industry distribution, extended mass layoff events, private nonfarm sector, second quarter 2011 and second quarter 2012
Industry Q2 2011 Q2 2012

Total, private nonfarm

1,810 1,476


263 180


237 194

Health care and social assistance

225 189

Accommodation and food services

202 146

Administrative and waste services

169 167

Transportation and warehousing

160 155

Professional and technical services

96 80

Retail trade

90 80

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

71 61

Other services, except public administration

75 53


56 56

Finance and insurance

60 24

Wholesale trade

35 30

Educational services

37 27

Real estate and rental and leasing

18 9

Management of companies and enterprises

9 8


(1) 12


(1) (1)


7 5

(1) Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards

These data are featured in the TED article, Extended mass layoffs, second quarter 2012.


Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics

  • A look at healthcare spending, employment, pay, benefits, and prices
    As one of the largest U.S. industries, healthcare is steadily growing to meet the needs of an increasing population with an increasing life expectancy. This Spotlight looks at how much people spend on healthcare, current and projected employment in the industry, employer-provided healthcare benefits, healthcare prices, and pay for workers in healthcare occupations.

  • Employment and Wages in Healthcare Occupations
    Healthcare occupations are a significant percentage of U.S. employment. Some of the largest and highest paying occupations are in healthcare. This Spotlight examines employment and wages for healthcare occupations.

  • Fifty years of looking at changes in peoples lives
    Longitudinal surveys help us understand long-term changes, such as how events that happened when a person was in high school affect labor market success as an adult.