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Mass Layoffs Rise by 115 in April

May 22 2012

The number of mass layoffs — where 50 or more workers are laid off from a single workplace — rose by 115 to 1,388 in April from March, according to seasonally adjusted data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And initial claims for unemployment insurance caused by mass layoff events rose by 14,290 in April from March for a total of 135,600.

“School and employee bus transportation” was the industry with the most initial claims due to mass layoff events in April with 20,482 claims, according to numbers that were not seasonally adjusted. Temporary help services was second with 10,285 initial claims in April.

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