Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS)

The Mass Layoff Statistics tool provides cumulative monthly and quarterly totals of major layoffs in Minnesota, specifically layoffs and closures where at least 50 workers were separated involuntarily by their employer for more than 30 days.

Mass Layoffs by Month

Year Month Events Initial
Claims
2012 July 15 1,678
2012 June 20 1,989
2012 May 6 421
2012 April 8 455
2012 March 10 844
2012 February 3 237
2012 January 20 1,591
2011 Annual 259 28,202
2011 December 49 5,073
2011 November 36 2,991
2011 October 12 1,132
2011 September 6 419
2011 August 7 607
2011 July 68 11,406
2011 June 17 1,249
2011 May 10 932
2011 April 16 1,023
2011 March 9 707
2011 February 10 675
2011 January 19 1,988
2010 Annual 221 20,543
2010 December 34 2,932
2010 November 39 3,316
2010 October 26 3,056
2010 September 5 412
2010 August 4 307
2010 July 14 1,462
2010 June 18 1,526
2010 May 11 965
2010 April 8 576
2010 March 13 921
2010 February 13 1,456
2010 January 36 3,614
2009 Annual 377 34,255
2009 December 45 3,690
2009 November 55 4,905
2009 October 24 1,985
2009 September 15 1,122
2009 August 13 948
2009 July 31 3,229
2009 June 26 2,318
2009 May 38 4,224
2009 April 35 3,103
2009 March 30 3,665
2009 February 24 1,777
2009 January 41 3,289
2008 Annual 245 23,370
2008 December 67 7,374
2008 November 60 5,442
2008 October 23 1,880
2008 September 4 430
2008 August 5 334
2008 July 12 1,452
2008 June 16 1,506
2008 May 10 1,075
2008 April 15 1,148
2008 March 9 617
2008 February 5 361
2008 January 19 1,751
2007 Annual 199 19,231
2007 December 46 4,386
2007 November 41 4,315
2007 October 9 745
2007 September 4 524
2007 August 8 553
2007 July 10 1,558
2007 June 22 1,923
2007 May 9 1,090
2007 April 11 817
2007 March 15 1,231
2007 February 9 615
2007 January 15 1,474
2006 Annual 205 25,729
2006 December 52 7,545
2006 November 39 3,360
2006 October 10 880
2006 September 9 2,377
2006 August * *
2006 July 11 922
2006 June 21 1,971
2006 May 11 2,678
2006 April 12 814
2006 March 10 882
2006 February 11 2,300
2006 January 17 1,834
2005 Annual 237 26,689
2005 December 64 6,016
2005 November 27 2,503
2005 October 18 1,579
2005 September 7 741
2005 August 6 502
2005 July 27 4,573
2005 June 14 1,314
2005 May 9 1,314
2005 April 14 2,273
2005 March 12 1,110
2005 February 6 1,907
2005 January 33 2,857
2004 Annual 213 24,607
2004 December 55 6,064
2004 November 35 4,260
2004 October 15 1,390
2004 September 6 441
2004 August 7 897
2004 July 13 1,884
2004 June 20 2,258
2004 May 12 959
2004 April 5 327
2004 March 9 2,979
2004 February 6 460
2004 January 30 2,688
2003 Annual 260 27,725
2003 December 51 6,342
2003 November 44 3,849
2003 October 17 2,845
2003 September 7 511
2003 August 6 505
2003 July 18 2,127
2003 June 20 1,898
2003 May 22 2,119
2003 April 21 2,848
2003 March 13 1,041
2003 February 8 614
2003 January 33 3,026
2002 Annual 279 33,348
2002 December 51 6,748
2002 November 50 5,096
2002 October 17 2,000
2002 September 9 1,142
2002 August 11 1,243
2002 July 16 1,702
2002 June 19 2,900
2002 May 23 2,768
2002 April 14 1,936
2002 March 16 2,238
2002 February 24 2,662
2002 January 29 2,913
2001 Annual 304 38,739
2001 December 55 6,181
2001 November 62 6,934
2001 October 19 1,989
2001 September 6 507
2001 August 11 1,421
2001 July 24 2,792
2001 June 38 6,327
2001 May 18 2,108
2001 April 19 2,124
2001 March 19 2,325
2001 February 13 2,362
2001 January 20 3,669
2000 Annual 198 24,169
2000 December 55 7,140
2000 November 45 4,711
2000 October 10 1,104
2000 September 7 1,909
2000 August 8 812
2000 July 12 1,663
2000 June 12 1,053
2000 May 5 490
2000 April 8 1,313
2000 March 13 1,394
2000 February * *
2000 January 21 2,399
1999 Annual 162 19,936
1999 December 41 5,209
1999 November 31 3,367
1999 October 7 869
1999 September 7 730
1999 August * *
1999 July 12 2,507
1999 June 17 1,324
1999 May 6 691
1999 April 9 1,442
1999 March 4 339
1999 February 5 502
1999 January 22 2,370
1998 Annual 172 29,806
1998 December 36 4,697
1998 November 37 5,640
1998 October 10 1,025
1998 September 5 10,028
1998 August 5 564
1998 July 13 1,673
1998 June 19 1,659
1998 May 10 967
1998 April 3 204
1998 March 7 718
1998 February 12 1,160
1998 January 15 1,471
1997 Annual 194 21,462
1997 December 39 4,755
1997 November 42 4,029
1997 October 12 1,164
1997 September 3 233
1997 August 10 1,468
1997 July 11 1,455
1997 June 16 1,609
1997 May 11 873
1997 April 13 2,096
1997 March 9 743
1997 February 12 1,191
1997 January 16 1,846
1996 Annual 196 20,145
1996 December 41 3,555
1996 November 46 4,024
1996 October 14 2,513
1996 September * *
1996 August 4 391
1996 July 12 1,292
1996 June 14 1,101
1996 May 12 1,163
1996 April 11 986
1996 March 10 1,101
1996 February 12 802
1996 January 19 3,111
1995 December 56 6,662
1995 November 36 3,342
1995 October 6 525
1995 September 10 2,132
1995 August 3 502
1995 July 11 1,524
1995 June 24 2,739
1995 May 10 884
1995 April 13 1,601
*Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards

Mass Layoffs by Quarter

Extended Mass Layoffs
Total, Nonfarm
Year Qtr. Events Separations Initial
Claims
2012 Qtr2 15(P) 2,705(P) 1,681(P)
2012 Qtr1 18(P) 2,495(P) 2,508(P)
2011 Qtr4 68 13,023 10,397
2011 Qtr3 14 1,980 1,993
2011 Qtr2 24 4,240 3,920
2011 Qtr1 21 3,105 2,844
2011 Annual 127 22,348 19,154
2010 Qtr4 66 11,550 10,062
2010 Qtr3 9 965 1,099
2010 Qtr2 19 2,363 2,909
2010 Qtr1 34 3,731 4,445
2010 Annual 128 18,609 18,515
2009 Qtr4 93 14,483 15,214
2009 Qtr3 35 4,983 5,323
2009 Qtr2 73 10,113 12,732
2009 Qtr1 73 10,220 11,243
2009 Annual 274 39,799 44,512
2008 Qtr4 120 20,893 21,625
2008 Qtr3 11 2,219 2,128
2008 Qtr2 22 3,399 2,803
2008 Qtr1 16 2,107 1,694
2008 Annual 169 28,618 28,250
2007 Qtr4 75 12,047 11,285
2007 Qtr3 8 1,163 1,159
2007 Qtr2 28 3,714 3,600
2007 Qtr1 22 3,004 3,284
2007 Annual 133 19,928 19,328
2006 Qtr4 83 12,921 13,355
2006 Qtr3 13 1,571 1,559
2006 Qtr2 24 2,825 2,834
2006 Qtr1 23 2,811 3,002
2006 Annual 143 20,128 20,750
2005 Qtr4 84 12,646 12,290
2005 Qtr3 19 5,571 4,752
2005 Qtr2 23 3,190 4,076
2005 Qtr1 29 3,155 2,768
2005 Annual 155 24,562 23,886
2004 Qtr4 81 12,553 12,510
2004 Qtr3 7 856 775
2004 Qtr2 23 3,312 2,673
2004 Qtr1 23 3,339 2,880
2004 Annual 134 20,060 18,838
2003 Qtr4 89 12,600 11,509
2003 Qtr3 12 1,381 1,468
2003 Qtr2 37 5,960 5,880
2003 Qtr1 32 5,397 4,674
2003 Annual 170 25,338 23,531
2002 Qtr4 91 14,618 13,210
2002 Qtr3 22 4,336 3,800
2002 Qtr2 26 7,635 5,134
2002 Qtr1 40 5,785 6,170
2002 Annual 179 32,374 28,314
2001 Qtr4 97 14,598 13,620
2001 Qtr3 19 6,784 6,109
2001 Qtr2 40 6,144 6,783
2001 Qtr1 33 7,009 7,048
2001 Annual 189 34,535 33,560
2000 Qtr4 75 12,127 11,039
2000 Qtr3 11 2,998 1,597
2000 Qtr2 17 3,311 2,984
2000 Qtr1 22 5,557 3,286
2000 Annual 125 23,993 18,906
1999 Qtr4 71 12,853 10,597
1999 Qtr3 7 1,694 1,816
1999 Qtr2 25 3,771 2,776
1999 Qtr1 21 2,908 2,754
1999 Annual 124 21,226 17,943
1998 Qtr4 65 10,294 8,987
1998 Qtr3 5 1,678 819
1998 Qtr2 22 2,958 3,775
1998 Qtr1 20 3,091 2,133
1998 Annual 112 18,021 15,714
1997 Qtr4 71 12,820 10,402
1997 Qtr3 8 1,230 1,309
1997 Qtr2 19 3,149 2,464
1997 Qtr1 16 2,387 2,258
1997 Annual 114 19,586 16,433
1996 Qtr4 72 12,238 10,662
1996 Qtr3 5 867 1,513
1996 Qtr2 20 3,203 2,375
1996 Qtr1 19 3,105 2,965
1996 Annual 116 19,413 17,515
1995 Qtr4 62 8,658 8,721
1995 Qtr3 7 2,407 993
1995 Qtr2 26 3,994 3,906
(P): Preliminary data

About the Data

Description: MLS identifies and tracks the effects of major layoffs through a standardized analysis of unemployment insurance claims activity.

Data source: MLS is a federal-state cooperative program between the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and state agencies. Monthly data are based on the administrative records of unemployment insurance filings. Minnesota's MLS program reports a mass layoff when at least 50 workers are laid off for more than 30 days. Analysis is supplemented with employer confirmation of layoffs and plant closings and additional employer-provided data.

National data: www.bls.gov/mls/

What can it provide for you?

Summary statistics on major layoffs, by state and time period.

  • Socioeconomic characteristics of unemployment insurance claimants, including age, race, gender, industry, occupation and education level.
  • Post-layoff employment status and earnings of affected workers.
  • Details for deciding how to allocate federal funds for dislocated workers.
  • Analysis of potentially available workforce.
  • Analysis of ailing industries or geographical areas.

How is the data formatted? Viewable tables

Definitions: Minnesota's MLS program reports a mass layoff when at least 50 workers are laid off by their employer for more than 30 days. The program distinguishes seasonal layoffs from layoffs due to other economic conditions.

Important notes: The MLS program was resumed in April 1995. Due to changes in concepts and definitions, however, data from the resumed program are not comparable to earlier data.


Questions?

More about the data: Additional information about the Mass Layoff Statistics program can be found at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site at www.bls.gov/mls/.

Questions regarding the Minnesota data can be addressed to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development at 651-259-7384 or deed.lmi@state.mn.us.