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Distribution of Extended Mass Layoff Events and Separations by Size of Layoff, 1999–2000

Number of workers Layoff events Separations
Number Percent1 Number Percent1
1999 2000 1999 2000 1999 2000 1999 2000
Total2 5,675 5,622 100.0% 100.0% 1,149,267 1,169,438 100.0% 100.0%
50–99 2,175 1,982 38.3 35.3 156,258 141,652 13.6 12.1
100–149 1,254 1,264 22.1 22.5 146,368 147,674 12.7 12.6
150–199 625 689 11.0 12.3 104,220 114,679 9.1 9.8
200–299 729 753 12.8 13.4 168,664 174,544 14.7 14.9
300–499 515 546 9.1 9.7 185,336 195,177 16.1 16.7
500–999 261 270 4.6 4.8 167,981 176,083 14.6 15.1
1,000 or more 116 118 2.0 2.1 220,440 219,629 19.2 18.8
NOTE: A mass layoff is a separation of 50 or more employees for more than 31 days. Separations indicate the number of employees laid off.
1. Due to rounding, sums of individual percentages may not equal 100.0%.
2. 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/mls00ext.pdf .

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