Mass Layoff Statistics

Table 1. Selected business functions involved in nonseasonal extended mass layoff events, selected quarters, 2009 and 2010

(Number of reports)

Selected business functions by business process (1) Total Main Secondary

IV 2009(r)

III 2010(r)

IV 2010(p)

IV 2009(r)

III 2010(r)

IV 2010(p)

IV 2009(r)

III 2010(r)

IV 2010(p)

Total (2)
2,888 1,687 1,841 1,077 688 834 1,811 999 1,007

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities
375 205 327 353 189 307 22 16 20

Producing goods
320 155 159 296 136 137 24 19 22

Providing services
67 70 86 34 46 49 33 24 37

Accounting services
64 32 24 4 3 60 32 21

Contracted services
105 68 100 71 40 67 34 28 33

Engineering services
54 18 29 13 3 7 41 15 22

Entertainment services
16 37 32 14 32 26 2 5 6

Facility maintenance services
94 41 39 7 7 11 87 34 28

Financial management
13 15 12 1 4 12 15 8

Financial services
24 16 19 12 12 11 12 4 8

Food and cafeteria services
35 29 43 11 16 26 24 13 17

Gaming services
(3) 6 15 (3) 5 14 (3) 1 1

Health care services
20 28 25 15 24 22 5 4 3

Housekeeping services
22 8 14 5 1 17 8 13

Lodging services
19 9 9 9 6 6 10 3 3

Maintaining and repairing products
31 17 22 9 4 4 22 13 18

Security services
17 8 10 9 4 4 8 4 6

Assembling products
65 39 42 17 11 6 48 28 36

Fabricating
56 25 33 36 11 23 20 14 10

Quality assurance/quality control
73 41 44 1 73 41 43

Supervision--first line or direct
126 70 67 126 70 67

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying
18 11 9 1 2 17 9 9

Distribution
46 34 32 9 5 4 37 29 28

Packing
27 23 19 3 5 2 24 18 17

Receiving
30 17 19 1 1 29 17 18

Shipping
79 36 31 6 3 2 73 33 29

Transporting
62 41 28 21 13 11 41 28 17

Warehousing
71 38 41 15 5 10 56 33 31

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support
276 123 116 16 16 18 260 107 98

General management
151 86 81 4 8 1 147 78 80

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting
98 51 54 2 4 98 49 50

Payroll and compensation
28 22 19 2 1 28 20 18

Training
8 8 6 2 5 1 6 3 5

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising
9 7 5 2 7 7 5

Billing
17 11 7 17 11 7

Marketing
27 19 10 2 1 27 17 9

Order processing
32 17 24 2 1 30 17 23

Selling
70 33 37 31 16 20 39 17 17

Telemarketing
4 3 6 3 1 2 1 2 4

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities
30 23 8 19 16 3 11 7 5

Customer service
81 57 49 9 15 4 72 42 45

Installing products
18 9 13 3 15 9 13

Technical support
29 11 16 3 26 11 16

Technology and process development

Computer systems development
11 7 3 2 5 1 9 2 2

Computer systems maintenance
10 6 8 1 10 6 7

Data processing
10 9 7 2 1 10 7 6

Internet web services
3 3 2 1 2 3 2

Software development and testing
7 4 8 4 2 3 4 6

Software and IT services
29 18 12 2 3 1 27 15 11

Other business functions

11 23 20 2 16 13 9 7 7

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported
94 52 36 65 30 19 29 22 17

Refusal (4)
8 1 8 1

Does not know (5)
17 3 5 17 3 5

Footnotes:
(1) Business functions reported in this table were the most frequently cited functions in 2007. Functions are grouped by business process without regard to the industry of the establishment. Therefore, the process "operations" does not appear.
(2) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(3) Data collection for this business function began with first quarter 2010 data.
(4) Excludes events in which the employer refused to participate in any part of the employer interview.
(5) Excludes events in which contact with the employer was not possible.
(r) = revised.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

Last Modified Date: February 23, 2011

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