Mass Layoff Statistics

Table 2. Business processes involved in extended mass layoff events, by reason for layoff, first quarters 2010 and 2011 (1)
Reason Extended mass layoff events Total business process Core processes Support processes
Strat. Mgmt. Procurement, logistics, distribution Ops. Product development Marketing, sales, account management Customer and after-sales service General managment and firm infra-structure Human resource management Technology and process development
First quarter 2011(p)

Total business process

1,397 1,805 20 137 1,085 107 61 115 201 55 24

Business demand
535 723 8 40 495 41 9 43 64 19 4

Contract cancellation
28 52 1 4 26 2 5 9 4 1

Contract
completion
262 315 7 243 20 5 19 16 4 1

Domestic competition
(2) 1 1

Excess inventory/
saturated market
4 12 3 4 1 3 1

Import
competition
(2) 4 1 2 1

Slack work/
insufficient demand/non-seasonal business slowdown
238 339 7 25 220 18 3 19 35 10 2

Organizational changes
87 180 5 13 71 3 12 18 33 14 11

Business-
ownership change
21 36 1 2 20 1 2 6 3 1

Reorgan-
ization or
restructuring of company
66 144 4 11 51 3 11 16 27 11 10

Financial issues
116 269 5 30 106 16 17 22 57 11 5

Bankruptcy
12 34 3 5 9 2 3 3 7 2

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase profitability
71 167 1 19 67 9 13 13 33 7 5

Financial difficulty
33 68 1 6 30 5 1 6 17 2

Production
specific
21 36 1 4 18 2 2 3 4 1 1

Disaster/Safety
7 16 2 7 2 1 2 2

Seasonal
381 534 1 47 361 42 18 26 32 6 1

Other/
Miscellaneous
250 47 1 27 1 2 3 9 2 2
First quarter 2010

Total business process

1,870 2,224 14 175 1,355 44 95 127 278 94 42

Business demand
738 1,028 3 69 684 23 28 51 114 38 18

Contract cancellation
42 75 1 5 40 1 1 5 15 3 4

Contract
completion
253 315 1 14 231 6 9 22 18 9 5

Domestic competition
(2) 6 1 2 1 1 1

Excess inventory/
saturated market
8 19 6 7 3 1 1 1

Import
competition
(2) 6 1 2 2 1

Slack work/
insufficient demand/non-seasonal business slowdown
431 607 1 42 402 14 14 23 78 24 9

Organizational changes
117 221 6 15 94 9 17 17 44 13 6

Business-
ownership change
31 50 1 2 24 3 3 4 10 2 1

Reorgan-
ization or
restructuring of company
86 171 5 13 70 6 14 13 34 11 5

Financial issues
165 367 4 35 141 7 32 31 72 32 13

Bankruptcy
17 49 2 5 16 1 5 4 9 6 1

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase profitability
98 223 25 78 6 21 19 46 19 9

Financial difficulty
50 95 2 5 47 6 8 17 7 3

Production
specific
15 21 1 14 4 2

Disaster/Safety
7 21 4 7 2 4 3 1

Seasonal
418 521 50 390 5 17 24 32 2 1

Other/
Miscellaneous
410 45 1 1 25 1 2 8 4 3

Footnotes:
(1) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(2) Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

Last Modified Date: June 1, 2011

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