How To Find Layoff Statistics

In today's economy, layoff statistics are worsening at an alarming rate. No particular job or industry seems to be immune, which leaves many people uneasy about their future employment status. The following is how to find statistics regarding layoffs.

Individuals searching for the most basic information concerning layoffs can locate it by logging onto the United States Department of Labor or the Bureau of Labor Statistics websites where national averages can be found by scrolling down to the sections titled "Latest Numbers."

The majority of those seeking statistical information about layoffs, however, are likely worried about the future of their own or a loved one's job. In such instances, it would be advisable to conduct a narrower search encompassing criteria like geography and specific industries.

  • Layoff statistics can be found on a geographical basis by utilizing a search engine like Google, typing the specific state for which information is needed, followed by the words labor department (ex: New York State Labor Department). A shortcut can be found by logging onto, which provides links to the labor departments of all 50 states.
  • Individuals can conduct more local geographical searches referencing statistics about layoffs by visiting the labor department websites of the cities and municipalities they reside in. One would follow the same procedure as above, only substituting a city or municipality in place of a state (ex: New York City Labor Department).
  • A search to find layoff statistics may be refined further by combining the search criteria of geography and job type/industry. For example, if an individual were to use a search engine and enter "Michigan Auto Industry Layoffs," he or she would be netting results specific to that location and industry.

In certain instances, someone in search of layoff statistics may obtain them directly from individual companies or businesses. In 1989, the federal government passed the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN), which requires large entities (with 100 or more employees who work 20 or more hours per week for half the year) to provide public information regarding any planned mass layoffs at least 60 days in advance of such action. This information would obviously be pertinent to an employee at such a company, but could also serve as a heads up to others employed in similar industries. The labor department websites of certain states also carry information about which companies have issued WARN notifications.


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