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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Mass Layoff Data, March 2005

MASS LAYOFFS IN MARCH 2005 [26 April 2005]
full-text, 10 pages]

In March 2005, employers took 1,194 mass layoff actions, seasonallyadjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefitsduring the month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department ofLabor reported today. Each action involved at least 50 persons from asingle establishment, and the number of workers involved totaled 130,848,on a seasonally adjusted basis. (See table 1.) The number of layoffevents rose by 66, and the number of associated initial claims increased by13,164 from February. In the manufacturing sector, 371 mass layoff eventswere reported during March 2005, seasonally adjusted, resulting in 55,377initial claims, both figures higher than a month earlier. (See table 1.) From January through March 2005, the total number of events (seasonallyadjusted), at 3,779, and initial claims (seasonally adjusted), at 399,522,were lower than in January-March 2004 (4,043 and 415,048, respectively).

Source: Stuart Basefsky, Cornell Institute for Workplace Studies


OECD Creates New Country-Level Data "Portal"

OECD launches sites for each of its member countries on, is a one-stop-shop for OECD work on member countries. Regular visits to one of these country Web sites will allow you to be kept informed of the latest news or events and the most recent OECD documents and publications on a given country. From one country site, you can widen your research and compare the results of a specific country with other OECD economies, thus, fully benefiting from the OECDs comparative approach. To satisfy increasing demands, the Country Web sites also feature a statistical profile for each OECD country. Some 100 key statistical indicators are provided and users can compare the figures with those of the other member countries (see the table below). Finally, the Country Web sites propose several ways of navigation: by topic, in chronological order, by document category or by language. Country portal:

Source: Stuart Basesfky, Cornell Institute for Workplace Studies


Friday, April 22, 2005

March 2005 Regional and State Employment and Unemployment News

[full-text, 19 pages]andSupplemental Files
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Regional and state unemployment rates were generally stable or downslightly in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Departmentof Labor reported today. Three of the four regions and 35 states record-ed unemployment rate shifts of 0.2 percentage point or less from February.Over the year, jobless rates were down in 36 states and up in 14 statesand the District of Columbia. In March, the national unemployment rate de-clined to 5.2 percent and was 0.5 percentage point lower than a year ago. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 40 states over the month,decreased in 9 states and the District of Columbia, and was unchangedin 1 state. Five states had employment gains of 10,000 or more--Florida(+19,400), California (+17,600), Illinois (+16,200), Texas (+10,600), andMissouri (+10,000). Only one state--Michigan--had an employment loss ofa similar magnitude in March (-17,000). Over the year, nonfarm employmentincreased in 48 states and the District of Columbia and decreased in 2states (Michigan and South Carolina). The largest percentage gain inemployment was in Nevada (+6.7 percent), followed by Arizona (+3.9 per-cent), Oregon (+3.8 percent), Utah (+3.7 percent), and Florida (+3.5 per-cent).

--Notice courtesy of the Institute for Workplace Studies, Cornell University


Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Fiscal Year 2004 [22 April 2005]
Press Release
[22 April 2005]Improved Data Analysis, Practical Tips and Best Practices Included to Help Agencies Boost EEO Performance

WASHINGTON - Cari M. Dominguez, Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has released the EEOC's <../federal/fsp2004/index.htm>Annual Report on the Federal Work Force for Fiscal Year 2004, which provides detailed agency-by-agency profiles of discrimination complaint processing and other equal opportunity measures. The full text of the report, which informs and advises the President and the U.S. Congress on the state of equal employment opportunity (EEO) throughout the federal work force, is available on the Commission's web site at report contains practical tips and best practices to help agencies improve their EEO performance, including the processing of discrimination complaints. Additionally, the report presents a refined analysis of data examining the three major stages of the EEO complaint process: pre-complaint counseling, complaint investigation, and issuance of a final agency decision.

--Notice courtesy of the Institute for Workplace Studies, Cornell University


OECD Issues Working Paper on Service Economy Issues


By Per Mathis Kongsrud and Isabelle Wanner
full-text, 86 pages]

Abstract:What policy reforms are most urgently needed to remove obstacles to outputand employment growth in service sectors and to enhance economies’ abilityto adjust to structural change as a result of changing trade patterns?This paper reviews the impact of the structural policy frameworkconditions on the development of the service sector and economies'adjustment capacities. The paper builds on and summarises a vast body ofprevious work and briefly reviews policy recommendations given tocountries in various surveillance processes in the OECD.

--Notice courtesy of the Institute for Workplace Studies, Cornell University


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