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BLS: Extended Mass Layoffs – Fourth Quarter 2009 – Annual Totals 2009

News release: “Employers initiated 2,043 mass layoff events in the fourth quarter of 2009 that resulted in the separation of 321,569 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days, according to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of fourth quarter 2009 events decreased from last year, following 12 consecutive quarters of over-the-year increases. A year earlier, the number of events, at 3,582, reached a record high for any fourth quarter (with data available back to 1995).”

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