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The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program collects reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs. Monthly mass layoff numbers are from establishments which have at least 50 initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed against them during a 5-week period. Extended mass layoff numbers (issued quarterly) are from a subset of such establishments--where private sector nonfarm employers indicate that 50 or more workers were separated from their jobs for at least 31 days.

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Seasonally Adjusted:

Total Mass Layoff Events
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1,571 in Mar 2008

Change in Total Mass Layoff Events
History   
-101 in Mar 2008

Total Mass Layoff Initial Claimants
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157,156 in Mar 2008

Change in Total Mass Layoff Initial Claimants
History   
-20,218 in Mar 2008

Private Nonfarm Mass Layoff Events
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1,460 in Mar 2008

Change in Private Nonfarm Mass Layoff Events
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-79 in Mar 2008

Private Nonfarm Mass Layoff Initial Claimants
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147,537 in Mar 2008

Change in Private Nonfarm Mass Layoff Initial Claimants
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-19,245 in Mar 2008

Not Seasonally Adjusted:

Private Nonfarm Extended Mass Layoff Events
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1,111(p) in 1st Qtr of 2008

4-Quarter Change in Private Nonfarm Extended Mass Layoff Events
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+1(p) since 1st Qtr of 2007

Private Nonfarm Extended Mass Layoff Separations
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188,326(p) in 1st Qtr of 2008

4-Quarter Change in Private Nonfarm Extended Mass Layoff Separations
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-37,274(p) since 1st Qtr of 2007

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1. Does the MLS program collect information on offshoring and outsourcing?

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