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The Mass Layoff Statistics Program
In response to Section 462 of the Job Training and
Partnership Act (PL 97-300), the Secretary of Labor, in
1984, was asked to develop and maintain statistical data
relating to permanent mass layoffs and plant closings.
Because a program of collecting data on mass layoffs that
was in operation in another Federal agency up to Fiscal
Year 1984 was determined to be inadequate in terms of
identifying layoffs and affected workers, BLS was asked
to develop an approach which would meet legislative and
statistical requirements. Thus began, in 1984, the
Bureau's Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program.
The MLS program began with eight States funded for
developmental work. When the program was eliminated in
November 1992, primarily for lack of funding, 49 States
and the District of Columbia were participating in it.
Funding for the MLS program was reinstated in August
1994, and data collection began in April 1995. Currently,
all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
participate in the program.