Manufacturing Mass Layoffs Edge Up

By John S. McClenahen The number of mass layoffs in U.S. manufacturing rose slightly to 222 in June from 219 in May, the U.S. Department of Labor reported July 22. The number of workers affected rose as well, increasing to 27,307 in June from 22,141 in May. The department defines monthly mass layoffs as a loss of jobs affecting 50 or more workers from a single establishment. The number of workers affected is calculated from new filings for unemployment insurance benefits.

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