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Rhode Island Mass Layoff Statistics

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 Discontinued   **

On 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.
MLS Survey Results

2013 Annual Data

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MLS Survey Questions
National MLS: Bureau of Labor Statistics' Mass Layoff Statistics program.

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