Mass Layoff Statistics

Table 1. Selected business functions involved in nonseasonal extended mass layoff events, selected quarters, 2010 and 2011

(Number of reports)

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

I 2010

IV 2010(r)

I 2011(p)

I 2010

IV 2010(r)

I 2011(p)

I 2010

IV 2010(r)

I 2011(p)

Total (2)
2,563 1,897 1,926 1,020 864 762 1,543 1,033 1,164

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities
305 330 237 291 310 221 14 20 16

Producing goods
263 168 172 251 145 147 12 23 25

Providing services
84 89 89 52 52 34 32 37 55

Accounting services
46 26 38 2 4 3 44 22 35

Contracted services
80 98 68 50 64 40 30 34 28

Engineering services
52 30 27 13 8 8 39 22 19

Entertainment services
17 33 32 16 27 29 1 6 3

Facility maintenance services
75 41 44 8 13 9 67 28 35

Financial management
19 12 13 3 5 2 16 7 11

Financial services
18 20 19 9 12 13 9 8 6

Food and cafeteria services
38 44 30 19 26 10 19 18 20

Gaming services
7 15 5 6 14 1 1 1 4

Health care services
22 27 24 20 24 19 2 3 5

Housekeeping services
17 14 15 2 1 1 15 13 14

Lodging services
13 9 8 10 6 7 3 3 1

Maintaining and repairing products
13 23 20 4 4 3 9 19 17

Security services
14 10 8 7 4 4 7 6 4

Assembling products
41 43 41 12 6 8 29 37 33

Fabricating
45 34 25 30 24 18 15 10 7

Quality assurance/quality control
56 45 36 1 1 56 44 35

Supervision--first line or direct
123 68 77 123 68 77

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying
10 9 15 10 9 15

Distribution
44 33 43 7 4 10 37 29 33

Packing
45 19 26 1 2 7 44 17 19

Receiving
51 19 24 1 51 18 24

Shipping
73 34 48 8 5 9 65 29 39

Transporting
54 27 32 23 10 15 31 17 17

Warehousing
68 43 49 11 11 16 57 32 33

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support
186 120 122 22 18 16 164 102 106

General management
145 81 110 12 1 6 133 80 104

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting
88 57 58 2 4 1 86 53 57

Payroll and compensation
32 19 26 1 5 32 18 21

Training
16 6 12 2 1 1 14 5 11

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising
15 6 7 3 1 2 12 5 5

Billing
16 7 8 16 7 8

Marketing
25 11 24 4 1 3 21 10 21

Order processing
38 25 27 3 1 1 35 24 26

Selling
90 41 68 64 23 50 26 18 18

Telemarketing
10 7 9 5 3 4 5 4 5

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities
22 10 21 12 4 14 10 6 7

Customer service
81 52 73 11 3 7 70 49 66

Installing products
12 13 15 1 1 11 13 14

Technical support
23 16 16 1 2 22 16 14

Technology and process development

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

Computer systems maintenance
8 9 3 2 1 6 8 3

Data processing
10 8 11 2 2 2 8 6 9

Internet web services
3 2 8 1 1 2 2 7

Software development and testing
7 8 2 4 2 1 3 6 1

Software and IT services
22 13 18 6 1 2 16 12 16

Other business functions

14 20 20 6 13 6 8 7 14

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported
66 38 40 45 20 28 21 18 12

Refusal (3)
2 1 2 1

Does not know (4)
10 6 6 10 6 6

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) Excludes events in which the employer refused to participate in any part of the employer interview.
(4) Excludes events in which contact with the employer was not possible.
(r) = revised.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

Last Modified Date: June 1, 2011

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