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Mass Layoffs Edge Up in July

August 23 2012

The number of mass layoffs — where 50 or more workers are laid off from a single workplace — rose by 23 to 1,340 in July from June, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Initial claims for unemployment insurance caused by mass layoff events rose by 6,014 in July for a total of 137,420.

“Temporary help services,” which includes staffing, was the industry with the most initial claims due to mass layoff events in July with 11,750 initial claims, according to numbers that were not seasonally adjusted. “Automobile manufacturing” was second with 7,497 initial claims in July.


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