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.
- Mass Layoff Events, Separations and Initial Claims by Industry, Maine 2004-2012 (Excel)
- 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.
Maine Department of Labor
Center for Workforce Research & Information
Augusta, ME 04333-0118
Phone: (207) 623-7900
TTY: Maine Relay 711