The Mass Layoff Statistics Program
(MLS) is a
Federal/State Cooperative Statistical Program which uses the states'
Unemployment Insurance databases to identify, describe and track the
effects of major job cutbacks on both a statewide and national
level. In Rhode Island, whenever 25 or more initial claims are
filed against a single company, during a 5-week period, a
"potential mass layoff" is considered to have occurred.
Employers identified as having a "potential mass layoff" are contacted by phone to determine the reason for and duration of the layoff,
the number of workers involved, and the recall expectations.
Mass Layoffs Data
March 1, 2013, President Obama ordered into effect the
across-the-board spending cuts (commonly referred to as
sequestration) required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency
Deficit Control Act, as amended. Under the order, the Bureau
of Labor Statistics (BLS) must cut its current budget by more
than $30 million, 5 percent of the current 2013 appropriation,
by September 30, 2013. In order to help achieve these savings
and protect core programs, the BLS will eliminate the Mass
Layoff Statistics. The final BLS release of Mass Layoffs
Statistics data will occur on June 21st, with publication of
the May 2013 data.