The Bureau of Labor Statistics has two types of data about work stoppages: Work Stoppages program data and the Strike Report.
The Work Stoppages program provides monthly and annual data and analysis of major work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers lasting one full shift or longer. The monthly and annual data show the establishment and union(s) involved in the work stoppage along with the location, the number of workers and the days of idleness. The monthly data list all work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers that occurred during the full calendar month for each month of the year. The annualized data provide statistics, analysis and details of each work stoppage of 1,000 or more workers that occurred during the year. The work stoppages data are gathered from public news sources, such as newspapers and the Internet. The BLS does not distinguish between strikes and lock-outs in the data; both are included in the term "work stoppages".
The Strike Report, which is at http://www.bls.gov/ces/cesstrk.htm, is a summary of strike activity during the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey reference period, which includes the 12th of the month. See the Work Stoppages Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the differences between Work Stoppages and the Strike Report.
There were 15 major work stoppages in 2016 involving 99,000 workers. The total days
idle for major work stoppages in effect in 2016 was 1.54 million. The average number
of major work stoppages by decade has declined over 95 percent since 1947.
Access the following tables containing data on work stoppages involving 1,000 or more workers:
- Series Report —Already know the series identifier for the statistic you want? Use this shortcut to retrieve your data.
- Flat files (FTP) —For those who want it all. Download a flat file of the entire database or large subset of the database.
Related Links to Other BLS Programs
- Monthly Labor Review (MLR) Online
- National Compensation Survey —provides comprehensive measures of occupational earnings; compensation cost trends; and benefit incidence and detail plan provisions.
- Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages —comprehensive employment and wage data by industry and geographic area for workers covered by State Unemployment Insurance laws.
- Occupational Employment Statistics—data on employment and wages for over 800 occupations and for about 400 nonfarm industries for the nation, plus occupational data for States and metropolitan areas.
- Occupational Outlook Handbook —describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects in a wide range of occupations.
- The Strike Report —summary of strike activity during the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey reference period which includes the 12th of the month.
Other Useful Links
Work Stoppages information is available by calling (202) 691-6275 or you can submit a work stoppages data question by email.