Hospital layoffs drop in Q1

Hospitals had fewer mass layoffs during the first quarter of 2011 than in the first quarter of last year. Ten mass layoffs occurred at hospitals in March, bringing the total for Q1 2011 to 33, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. At least 2,118 jobs were lost during the quarter. Last March, 12 mass layoffs occurred at hospitals, with 36 mass layoffs for the entire first quarter of 2010, involving 2,516 jobs. Summary