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

II 2010

I 2011(r)

II 2011(p)

II 2010

I 2011(r)

II 2011(p)

II 2010

I 2011(r)

II 2011(p)

Total (2)
1,941 2,008 1,753 864 806 694 1,077 1,202 1,059

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities
263 243 197 252 226 188 11 17 9

Producing goods
176 177 154 162 150 122 14 27 32

Providing services
62 104 94 37 47 35 25 57 59

Accounting services
30 39 25 3 1 30 36 24

Contracted services
68 71 79 46 42 43 22 29 36

Engineering services
29 28 40 10 9 9 19 19 31

Entertainment services
21 33 33 18 30 30 3 3 3

Facility maintenance services
48 42 47 13 7 7 35 35 40

Financial management
14 14 12 2 2 14 12 10

Financial services
32 19 26 24 13 20 8 6 6

Food and cafeteria services
30 30 35 18 10 15 12 20 20

Gaming services
4 5 9 2 1 9 2 4

Health care services
30 24 22 25 19 18 5 5 4

Housekeeping services
13 15 9 1 1 1 12 14 8

Lodging services
11 8 3 10 7 1 1 1 2

Maintaining and repairing products
21 20 19 7 5 5 14 15 14

Security services
16 8 9 9 4 2 7 4 7

Assembling products
34 43 34 10 9 14 24 34 20

Fabricating
39 28 37 26 20 20 13 8 17

Quality assurance/quality control
36 37 36 1 36 36 36

Supervision--first line or direct
84 82 74 1 84 82 73

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying
9 15 7 1 8 15 7

Distribution
25 45 32 9 10 5 16 35 27

Packing
14 29 24 1 8 2 13 21 22

Receiving
20 24 19 20 24 19

Shipping
38 50 32 1 11 3 37 39 29

Transporting
41 31 22 18 13 6 23 18 16

Warehousing
37 51 36 13 17 12 24 34 24

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support
161 128 101 16 16 12 145 112 89

General management
106 117 115 6 7 4 100 110 111

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting
60 60 43 2 1 5 58 59 38

Payroll and compensation
24 26 21 4 5 5 20 21 16

Training
9 12 10 2 1 7 11 10

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising
6 7 3 1 2 5 5 3

Billing
13 8 8 1 12 8 8

Marketing
15 25 11 1 3 1 14 22 10

Order processing
17 27 26 1 3 17 26 23

Selling
66 71 57 44 53 40 22 18 17

Telemarketing
10 10 3 7 5 2 3 5 1

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities
32 24 16 21 16 10 11 8 6

Customer service
70 79 71 12 13 12 58 66 59

Installing products
6 15 12 2 1 2 4 14 10

Technical support
16 16 24 1 2 4 15 14 20

Technology and process development

Computer systems development
9 3 6 6 2 3 3 1 3

Computer systems maintenance
9 3 2 1 8 3 2

Data processing
8 12 5 2 8 10 5

Internet web services
4 8 1 1 4 7 1

Software development and testing
8 2 6 3 1 1 5 1 5

Software and IT services
21 19 15 3 2 2 18 17 13

Other business functions

26 21 31 18 7 17 8 14 14

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported
58 40 48 42 28 30 16 12 18

Refusal (3)
1 1 1 1

Does not know (4)
9 6 5 9 6 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) 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: August 17, 2011

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