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Extended Mass Layoff Events and Number of Workers Laid Off by Industry, 1999–2001

Industry Number of mass layoffs Number of workers laid off
1999 2000 2001 1999 2000 2001
Total1 5,675 5,620 6,352 972,244 1,018,700 1,609,705
Total, private 5,467 5,418 8,131 931,272 974,104 1,562,978
 Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting 911 827 753 134,355 127,837 110,907
 Mining 91 54 61 18,045 6,105 12,476
 Utilities 9 22 19 1,234 3,060 4,196
 Construction 792 754 776 118,982 112,761 115,303
 Manufacturing 1,736 1,834 3,279 310,129 370,779 691,184
 Wholesale trade 106 107 180 12,781 12,452 22,600
 Retail trade 268 275 457 57,852 59,345 103,328
 Information 81 77 324 34,754 11,212 56,175
 Professional and technical services 117 118 257 22,120 19,968 40,566
 Management of companies and enterprises 18 8 16 2,972 1,556 2,831
 Educational services 9 11 15 844 964 1,264
 Health care and social assistance 226 205 174 25,663 27,785 19,370
 Accommodations and food services 218 166 367 36,861 30,505 82,001
Government 208 202 221 40,972 44,596 46,727
 Federal 38 51 52 9,972 15,294 12,796
 State 43 35 41 8,626 6,301 8,838
 Local 127 116 128 22,374 23,001 25,093
Selected industry groupings            
Clothing manufacturing and distributing 355 329 457 80,312 67,804 99,651
Computer manufacturing and distribution, including semiconductors 129 113 736 18,257 17,634 153,211
Food production, processing, and  distribution 1,457 1,308 1,327 233,793 222,656 226,239
NOTE: A mass layoff is the laying off of 50 or more employees for more than 31 days.
1. Data on layoffs were reported by employers in all states and the District of Columbia.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Web: www.bls.gov/mls/mlsreport963.pdf .

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