Layoffs are affecting nearly every city in America, including Jacksonville jobs.
According to the BLS, employers took 1,434 mass layoff actions in January involving 129,920
workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment
insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
reported today. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single
employer. Mass layoff events in January increased by 50 from December,
while the number of associated initial claims decreased by 15,728. In
January, 341 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector,
seasonally adjusted, resulting in 33,597 initial claims.
The number of mass layoff events in January was 1,705, not seasonally
adjusted, resulting in 141,703 initial claims for unemployment insurance.
Over the year, the number of average weekly mass layoff
events decreased by 86 to 426, and associated average weekly initial claims
decreased by 13,867 to 35,426. Sixteen of the 19 major industry sectors in
the private economy reported over-the-year decreases in average weekly
initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in manufacturing. (See
table 3.) The six-digit industry with the largest number of private nonfarm
initial claims in January 2012 was temporary help services.
In January the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent of mass layoff
events and 28 percent of associated initial claims in the private economy.
A year earlier, manufacturing made up 28 percent of events and 32 percent
of initial claims. Within manufacturing, the numbers of mass layoff claimants
in January 2012 were greatest in transportation equipment and food. Fifteen
of the 21 manufacturing subsectors experienced over-the-year decreases in
average weekly initial claims, with the largest decrease occurring in
transportation equipment. Five subsectors recorded January series