U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (02/26/13)
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,328 mass layoff actions involving 134,026 workers in January, down by 181 mass layoffs from December. Of the 19 major industry sectors in the private economy, eight reported year-over-year increases in average weekly initial claims, with the manufacturing industry reporting the biggest increase and temporary help services recording the most initial claims due to mass layoffs. By region, the South had the most initial claims due to mass layoffs, and among states, California, North Carolina, Alabama, and New York were at the top of the list.
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