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Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS)

MLS is a federal-state cooperative standardized program designed to identify, describe and track the impact of large job cutbacks. The state recognizes a mass layoff event when an establishment has at least 20 initial unemployment compensation claims filed against it within a five-week period and the layoff lasts longer than 30 days.

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  • Mass Layoff Events, Separations and Initial Claims by Industry, Maine 2004-2012 (Excel)
Chart showing job separations resulting from mass layoff events and closures in Maine from 2007 through 2012Q3. 2004: 9,987 (83 events). 2005: 13,473 (123 events). 2006: 9,864 (102 events). 2007: 17,073 (130 events). 2008: 10,138 (138 events). 2009: 15,141 (192 events). 2010: 11,764 (149 events). 2011: 9,517 (127 events). 2012: 10,056 (133 events).

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FAQs

  • What constitutes a mass layoff?
  • A state recognized mass layoff occurs when at least 20 initial claims are filed against an establishment during a consecutive 5-week period. An extended mass layoff occurs when at least 20 initial claims are filed against an establishment during a consecutive 5-week period and at least 20 workers have been separated from jobs for more than 30 days.

  • How are Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program data used?
  • MLS data are used for sub-state allocations of Federal funds for dislocated workers through the Economic Development and Worker Adjustment Assistance Act; analysis of ailing industries or geographic areas; identifying the causes and scope of worker dislocation, especially in terms of the human and economic costs, and the characteristics of dislocated workers; development of approaches for work force planners and labor market analysts in assisting employers and/or workers at the local level; and analysis of potentially available labor market supply.

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Contact Information

Maine Department of Labor
Center for Workforce Research & Information
118 SHS
Augusta, ME 04333-0118

Phone: (207) 623-7900
TTY: Maine Relay 711
Email: CWRI.DOL@Maine.gov