Mass Layoff Statistics

Table 3. Number of business processes affected in nonseasonal extended mass layoffs, selected quarters (1)
Business Processes Total Main Secondary

III 2008

II 2009(r)

III 2009(p)

III 2008

II 2009(r)

III 2009(p)

III 2008

II 2009(r)

III 2009(p)
Total, private nonfarm

Core Processes

1,299 2,473 1,450 954 1,902 1,118 345 571 332

Procurement, logistics, and distribution
144 259 148 12 21 12 132 238 136

Operations
940 1,859 1,097 909 1,820 1,071 31 39 26

Product development
43 90 50 8 10 4 35 80 46

Marketing, sales, and account management
85 137 71 12 29 19 73 108 52

Customer and after-sales service
87 128 84 13 22 12 74 106 72

Support Processes

485 879 431 47 59 37 438 820 394

General management and firm infrastructure
316 558 283 31 47 27 285 511 256

Human resources management
101 174 80 8 3 4 93 171 76

Technology and process development
68 147 68 8 9 6 60 138 62

Business Function not provided (2)

67 41 24 67 41 24
Goods-producing industries

Core Processes

733 1,530 844 552 1,182 669 181 348 175

Procurement, logistics, and distribution
101 183 99 8 7 2 93 176 97

Operations
545 1,177 662 535 1164 658 10 13 4

Product development
35 64 32 5 3 1 30 61 31

Marketing, sales, and account management
28 55 27 4 6 8 24 49 19

Customer and after-sales service
24 51 24 2 24 49 24

Support Processes

246 549 235 5 16 7 241 533 228

General management and firm infrastructure
153 331 147 3 11 5 150 320 142

Human resources management
50 113 44 1 50 112 44

Technology and process development
43 105 44 2 4 2 41 101 42

Business Function not provided (2)

16 8 9 16 8 9
Service-providing industries

Core Processes

566 943 606 402 720 449 164 223 157

Procurement, logistics, and distribution
43 76 49 4 14 10 39 62 39

Operations
395 682 435 374 656 413 21 26 22

Product development
8 26 18 3 7 3 5 19 15

Marketing, sales, and account management
57 82 44 8 23 11 49 59 33

Customer and after-sales service
63 77 60 13 20 12 50 57 48

Support Processes

239 330 196 42 43 30 197 287 166

General management and firm infrastructure
163 227 136 28 36 22 135 191 114

Human resources management
51 61 36 8 2 4 43 59 32

Technology and process development
25 42 24 6 5 4 19 37 20

Business Function not provided (2)

51 33 15 51 33 15

(1) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(2) The number of events for which respondents were unable or refused to provide a Business Function response. Layoff events where employer contact could not be made or where employers refused to participate in the employer interview are not included.
r = revised.
p = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

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