Mass Layoff Statistics

Table 2. Business processes involved in extended mass layoff events, by reason for layoff, second 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
Second quarter 2011(p)

Total business process

1,624 2,118 16 134 1,316 92 68 152 258 53 29

Business demand
489 660 7 31 449 23 13 40 65 21 11

Contract cancellation
27 43 1 2 23 3 1 3 7 3

Contract
completion
300 392 3 15 287 14 5 15 34 14 5

Domestic competition

Excess inventory/
saturated market
(2) 3 1 1 1

Import
competition
(2) 4 1 2 1

Slack work/
insufficient demand/non-seasonal business slowdown
158 218 3 13 136 5 7 21 23 4 6

Organizational changes
61 137 3 9 50 10 7 14 32 5 7

Business-
ownership change
14 31 1 3 10 3 4 3 6 1

Reorgan-
ization or
restructuring of company
47 106 2 6 40 7 3 11 26 4 7

Financial issues
110 248 1 27 102 17 19 27 41 8 6

Bankruptcy
25 51 4 20 2 6 9 9 1

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase profitability
58 124 14 56 9 8 7 21 5 4

Financial difficulty
27 73 1 9 26 6 5 11 11 2 2

Production
specific
31 48 1 3 30 2 2 6 1 3

Disaster/Safety
10 15 1 8 2 1 2 1

Seasonal
692 967 2 62 652 39 26 64 105 16 1

Other/
Miscellaneous
231 43 1 2 25 1 1 4 7 1 1
Second quarter 2010

Total business process

2,008 2,444 14 161 1,559 50 82 152 320 75 31

Business demand
629 849 2 42 586 16 24 43 92 28 16

Contract cancellation
50 97 7 43 2 6 6 20 7 6

Contract
completion
275 318 9 264 2 7 10 17 7 2

Domestic competition
3 6 3 1 2

Excess inventory/
saturated market
(2) 4 1 2 1

Import
competition
(2) 3 1 1 1

Slack work/
insufficient demand/non-seasonal business slowdown
298 421 2 24 274 10 9 27 53 14 8

Organizational changes
118 234 4 16 97 6 16 26 51 12 6

Business-
ownership change
30 62 1 4 25 1 3 6 14 3 5

Reorgan-
ization or
restructuring of company
88 172 3 12 72 5 13 20 37 9 1

Financial issues
126 240 6 22 103 9 14 14 51 14 7

Bankruptcy
15 36 2 2 13 1 2 3 7 5 1

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase profitability
65 117 3 13 50 4 8 4 27 3 5

Financial difficulty
46 87 1 7 40 4 4 7 17 6 1

Production
specific
12 26 1 2 12 1 5 4 1

Disaster/Safety
11 14 1 8 3 1 1

Seasonal
801 1,060 1 77 737 19 24 68 117 16 1

Other/
Miscellaneous
311 21 1 16 1 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: August 17, 2011

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