WARN Act Notifications

The WARN Act Notifications attribute contains records for each notice a company files in accordance with the WARN Act.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988 is a federal law that requires companies that employ more than 100 employees to give 60-day advance notice if they intend to lay off more than 50 employees at a single site. Thus, this is a leading indicator of business health and headcount.

Child attributes (and data file structure):

Column NameData TypeDescriptionExample
layoff_or_closingstringWhether WARN Act Notification was filed due to layoffs, or the company closing down.layoff
notice_received_datestringDate on which the WARN Act Notification was filed by the company.2020-03-20
employees_impactedintegerNumber of employees being laid off by the company.52
total_employeesintegerTotal number of employees at the company (pre-layoff).100
percentage_impactedfloatCalculation: employees_impacted/total_employees0.52
layoff_or_closing_datestringDate on which the layoffs or closure will occur.2020-05-20

JSON Sample:

		"warn_act_notifications": [
        		"layoff_or_closing": "layoff",
            "notice_received_date": "2020-03-20",
            "employees_impacted": 52,
            "total_employees": 100,
            "percentage_impacted": 0.52,
            "layoff_or_closing_date": "2020-05-20",
            "reason": "Unforeseeable business circumstances prompted by COVID-19"

Time structure:

  • Event stream. Each notification event is listed separately with a date associated with it


  • FL, MD, VA, CA, and TX are refreshed twice a month
  • LA, NC, IL, NY, AZ have been ingested in the past but are not actively collected anymore

Data sources:

  • Enigma’s retrieves WARN Act notifications from 10 states. These 10 states account for a large percentage of WARN ACT filings in the U.S.
    • The 10 states are CA, LA, NC, FL, MD, IL, NY, VA, AZ, TX


  • N/A