Mass layoffs across the nation in August declined compared to July as did associated initial filings for unemployment compensation, the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics said today.
Mass layoffs are layoffs involving more than 50 people from a single employer.
In August, employers took 1,189 mass layoffs, affecting 118,120 workers, according to the bureau.
In July, 124,835 workers were affected by 1,221 events.
As usual, and partly because of its size, Pennsylvania was one of the top five states reporting mass layoff events. Pennsylvania had 52 mass layoffs, down from 72 in July and down slightly from 53 in August 2006.