New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says Wisconsin led the nation last month in increased layoffs.
More than 15,00 Wisconsin workers applied for initial unemployment benefits in November after 120 companies reported mass layoffs or plant closings.
That number's much lower than those posted in November 2001. That's when more than 23,000 workers from 183 companies filed for jobless benefits.
But the state Department of Workforce Development says continuing unemployment insurance filings are up about 20 percent this year from 2001.
Layoffs typically rise between October and November in Wisconsin as seasonal crop work ends and outdoor jobs taper off. There's also a surge in layoffs around Thanksgiving as some employers close shop for deer hunting season.
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