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February 25, 2009

California had most mass layoffs in January

California shed more workers than any other state because of mass layoffs, with 54,150 losing their jobs last month. It was followed by New York at 31,890, Pennsylvania at 29,660 and Ohio at 27,970, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • A mass layoff is defined as a single action by a single employer that causes at least 50 workers to lose their jobs.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics,  San Francisco Business Times

237,000 U.S. jobs lost in January

A total of 237,900 American workers lost their jobs through mass layoffs in January.
That was up 11,790 from the December total, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The number of mass layoff events declined from month to month, even though the number of affected workers increased. The bureau counted 2,227 mass layoffs in January, down slightly from 2,275 in December.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Florida Business Journal

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