One week down in 2013 and still no mass layoffs

The first week of 2013 marks only the third time since 1998 that not a single mass layoff notice was filed, according to statistics from the state Labor Department.

Nancy Steffens, a Labor Department spokeswoman, confirmed Wednesday that the agency’s Rapid Response unit has not received a single WARN notice this year.

However, the lack of notices in January doesn’t always herald a good job market. The two years in which mass layoffs were announced deep into the month were 2011 and 2008.

In 2011, the first mass layoff notice was received on Jan. 13 and in 2008, the first notice was filed and received on Jan. 22.

Despite that, there’s always hope.

Rob Varnon