Recent layoffs in the workforce
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The growing number of job cuts this year follows 13 months of mass firings across the nation that have led about 2.4 million people to file for unemployment claims since the recession started in December 2007 through the end of last year, according to the U.S. Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For last year alone, California topped all other states as 446,480 filed initial claims, part of 2.13 million nationwide. Mass layoffs are defined as those involving 50 or more employees.
Details on recent layoffs follow.