More U.S. workers lost their jobs in large layoffs in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported yesterday, another sign that employers are continuing to trim payrolls even as the economy strengthens. The BLS tracks what it calls "mass layoffs," or firings of more than 50 workers in a single month by a single employer, by compiling reports on initial claims for unemployment benefits filed with state agencies. The numbers include temporary and permanent firings.
In southern California, motion-picture industry employment is steadily eroding, said Bradley Kemp, a state labor analyst. Since May 1999, employment in that sector has fallen from 155,000 jobs in that region to about 114,200. Many jobs were moved to Canada and elsewhere as movie-production companies seek to work in areas with lower prevailing wages. Hey Ah-nuld?
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