Mass layoffs claimed 237,900 jobs in the United States during the month
of January, according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics. The figure was up 11,790 from the previous month. A mass
layoff is defined as a single action by an employer that causes at
least 50 workers to lose their jobs. While there were fewer mass layoff
actions in January than December -- 2,227 events compared to 2,275 --
more employees overall were affected by the cuts. California had the
largest number of workers cut by mass layoffs, with 54,150 losing their
jobs, followed by New York with 31,890; Pennsylvania with 29,660; and
Ohio with 27,970. The states with the largest increases in mass layoff
job cuts over the same month in 2008 were Michigan, Pennsylvania, and
Ohio. The manufacturing sector accounted for 44 percent of the affected
workers in the report.
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