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Mass layoffs at an all-time high in Arkansas

By David Harten

This article was published April 2, 2012 at 11:58 a.m.

— Mass layoffs hit an all-time high in Arkansas in 2011, according to a recent report.

Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman with the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that the number of claims reached a series high in 2011, more than doubling the 2010 level of 7,748.

The manufacturing sector took the largest hit, with 94 mass layoffs.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that in all, the state's businesses recorded 154 mass layoffs. Those layoffs amounted to 16,665 jobs, according to the report, which is also a record high.

A mass layoff is defined as one involving at least 50 workers from a single employer.

The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program is a federal-state program that uses a standardized automated

approach to identifying, describing, and tracking the effects of major job cutbacks, using data from each

state's unemployment insurance database.

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Educator says... April 2, 2012 at 12:37 p.m.

Another program wasting tax payer dollars.

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T6 says... April 2, 2012 at 1:08 p.m.

Hey, but I thought Arkansas' unemployment rate fell.
Looks like that's why Beebe, like his Master Obama is in China selling us out some more.

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NONSHEEPLE says... April 2, 2012 at 1:53 p.m.

PCSSD is cutting 10 NURSES from their schools this coming Fall. That's TEN campuses that will be covered on a "hit-n-miss" basis. I sure hope those students will be able to have their medical problems ONLY on the days a trained medical staffer is present. I don't want my childrens medical needs "guessed at" by the book keeper.... Charter schools continue to look better every day.

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lazybar says... April 2, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.

where are all the obama excuse makers on this one?

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NONSHEEPLE says... April 2, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

oooops. My math is off. A reduction of TEN full time nurses will have to be covered by the remaining nurses. When that happens the "other" campuses will be left unattended...

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Jackabbott says... April 2, 2012 at 3:46 p.m.

Another example of trickle down voo doo economics that continues to degrade this country. Reagan "transformed' the country and the losers that followed continued those policies. And all I got to show for it was a t-shirt made in Mexico or China, taxes on waiters' tips, SSN and lower taxes and 'free" trade for the 1%.

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Dport says... April 2, 2012 at 4:14 p.m.

lazybar says... April 2, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.
where are all the obama excuse makers on this one?

How is this Obama's fault? Can you elaborate on this correlation?

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T6 says... April 2, 2012 at 4:23 p.m.

Just wait until Beebe and Obama's EPA shuts down the gas drilling in Arkansas. There will be higher taxes because of lost revenue.

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Dport says... April 2, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.

Wait till they shut down the drilling in Arkansas? Like I was suppose to go buy as much ammunition as I could because they were going to take all of our guns & ammo away?
Please arm yourself with information

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T6 says... April 2, 2012 at 4:53 p.m.

Dport there is no cure for stupidity. When DHS buys up 450 million rounds of ammo for the next 5 years, do you think you will be able to buy any? If you can't get ammo no need for a gun, You dumb *********

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