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Work Stoppages (Strikes) 1950-2012

Strikes listed below involved 1,000 or more workers

The following table shows the number of work stoppages (strikes), the number of workers involved, and how many days of work were lost due to the stoppages each year from 1950 through 2012.

Year Work
stoppages
Workers
involved
(thousands)
Days idle
(thousands)
1950 424 1,698 30,390
1960 222 896 13,260
1970 381 2,468 52,761
1975 235 965 17,563
1980 187 795 20,844
1985 54 324 7,079
1990 44 185 5,926
1995 31 192 5,771
2000 39 394 20,419
2005 22 102 1,736
2010 11 45 302
2012 19 148 1,131
NOTE: Refers to stoppages that began in the year. Days idle is total for all stoppages in effect. Workers are counted more than once if they were involved in more than one stoppage during the year.
Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web: data.bls.gov .

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