Mass Layoff Statistics

Mass Layoff Statistics Program

NEW Elimination of the Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) Program

Kansas 2012

Kansas extended mass layoff events in 2012 decreased from the previous year.  The number of mass layoff events declined from 41 events in 2011 to 37 events in 2012, a 9.8 percent decrease.  

In 2012, these 37 mass layoff events resulted in 6,991 workers being separated from their jobs for more than 30 days.  This represents an over-the-year increase of more than 16 percent. 
The average number of layoff events from 2002 to 2012 was 45.  Similarly, the average number of separations from 2002 to 2012 was 8,814. 
The chart below reveals the general trend of extended mass layoff events and separations in Kansas from 2002 through 2012.  Following very similar paths, the number of mass layoff events and separations were at the lowest point of this 11-year timeframe in 2007.  These occurrences demonstrate how mass layoffs tend to increase in recessionary periods when labor market conditions are not favorable.


Overview of the MLS Program

The Mass Layoff Statistics program (MLS) is a Federal/State cooperative statistical effort that uses a standardized, automated approach to identify, describe, and track the effects of major job cutbacks using data from each State's unemployment insurance database. Establishments that have at least fifty (50) initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed against them during a consecutive five-week period are contacted by State agencies to determine whether those separations are of at least 31 days duration. If the separations are of at least 31 days duration, information is obtained from the establishments about the total number of persons separated, the reasons for the separations, recall expectations, and the movement of work.

MLS data are published in monthly and quarterly news releases, and in an annual report. Monthly releases report summary layoff information, and the quarterly releases report additional data obtained from employers implementing the layoffs - such as the reason for the layoff, number of workers involved, and recall expectations. Annual reports summarize mass layoff data for each calendar year and contain considerable data not available in the news releases.

MLS data are used for the following purposes:

  • 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 dislocations, 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 for assisting employers and/or workers
      at the local level.
  • Analysis of potentially available labor market supply.
More data can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.

Links to past Kansas MLS data:
2011 Overview
2010 Overview