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Permanent Worksite Closures: Extended Mass Layoff Events and Separations in the U.S. by Major Industry Division, 1996–2000

The following table provides the layoffs and job separations in the United States by industry for the years 1996 to 2000. A mass layoff is a separation of 50 or more employees for more than 31 days. Separations indicate the number of employees laid off.

Industry Layoff events Separations
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Total1 790 615 683 684 779 189,528 157,957 154,273 185,298 188,716
Total, private 778 607 675 681 772 186,226 155,218 153,150 184,165 186,849
 Agriculture 20 10 12 10 15 4,578 2,817 1,569 2,059 3,206
 Nonagriculture 756 596 661 668 754 180,971 151,301 151,246 181,803 183,188
  Manufacturing 387 315 343 359 403 75,916 66,677 74,972 80,185 85,615
  Nonmanufacturing 369 281 318 309 351 105,055 84,624 76,274 101,618 97,573
   Mining 18 13 9 19 4 3,036 2,877 1,535 5,549 488
   Construction 18 11 14 13 6 3,165 1,664 3,389 3,396 810
   Transportation and public utilities 31 29 22 38 42 6,741 6,299 7,034 7,865 8,584
   Wholesale and retail trade 182 141 137 149 158 59,343 48,510 35,277 59,486 53,028
    Wholesale trade 32 22 34 31 43 4,021 3,361 7,081 5,122 9,17
    Retail trade 150 119 103 118 115 55,322 45,149 28,196 54,364 43,856
   Finance, insurance, and real estate 50 24 41 19 27 10,890 5,682 9,345 4,192 6,260
   Services 70 63 95 71 114 21,880 19,592 19,694 21,130 28,403
 Not identified 2 1 2 3 3 677 1,100 335 303 455
Government 12 8 8 3 7 3,302 2,739 1,123 1,133 1,869
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/mls00ext.pdf .

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