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Table 2. Reason for layoff: Extended mass layoff events, separations, and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, private nonfarm sector, selected quarters, 2012 and 2013

Table 2. Reason for layoff: Extended mass layoff events, separations, and initial claimants for unemployment insurance, 
private nonfarm sector, selected quarters, 2012 and 2013

                                                                                                         Initial claimants for
                                             Layoff events                   Separations                 unemployment insurance
         Reason for layoff                                                                                                      
                                         I        IV        I           I         IV        I            I         IV        I
                                       2012     2012r     2013p       2012      2012r     2013p        2012      2012r     2013p
                                                                                                                                
   Total, private nonfarm (1) .....   1,294     2,123       914      246,956   424,492   154,374      291,174   432,792   133,294

Business demand ...................     519       704       361      107,736   145,269    64,307      152,217   175,403    62,800
  Contract cancellation ...........      20        24       (2)        4,694     6,309       (2)        3,891     3,279       (2)
  Contract completion .............     359       500       235       83,506   115,802    48,394      124,771   146,598    48,196
  Domestic competition ............     (2)       (2)         -          (2)       (2)         -          (2)       (2)         -
  Excess inventory/saturated 
    market ........................     (2)         6       (2)          (2)     1,002       (2)          (2)       932       (2)
  Import competition ..............       -       (2)       (2)            -       (2)       (2)            -       (2)       (2)
  Slack work/insufficient demand/
    non-seasonal business slowdown.     135       169       108       17,797    20,713    13,620       19,533    23,477    12,797
    
Organizational changes ............      75        69        49       15,277    24,614     8,435       13,857    11,963     5,825
  Business-ownership change .......      15        23         9        3,844    13,922     2,149        1,623     3,111     1,045
  Reorganization or restructuring 
    of company ....................      60        46        40       11,433    10,692     6,286       12,234     8,852     4,780

Financial issues ..................     115       117        59       22,056    31,173    10,324       17,915    25,940     6,557
  Bankruptcy ......................      16        44         7        2,557    19,152     1,201        1,514    14,182       679
  Cost control/cost cutting/
    increase profitability ........      53        40        28       10,230     6,530     5,634        9,832     7,586     3,602
  Financial difficulty ............      46        33        24        9,269     5,491     3,489        6,569     4,172     2,276

Production specific ...............      16        20        12        2,469     3,960     2,660        2,785     3,744     2,129
  Automation/technological 
    advances ......................       3         3       (2)          626       427       (2)          911       359       (2)
  Energy related ..................       -         -         -            -         -         -            -         -         -
  Governmental regulations/
    intervention ..................       3         5         5          528     1,020     1,686          479       768     1,266
  Labor dispute/contract 
    negotiations/strike ...........     (2)         3       (2)          (2)       675       (2)          (2)       330       (2)
  Material or supply shortage .....     (2)       (2)       (2)          (2)       (2)       (2)          (2)       (2)       (2)
  Model changeover ................     (2)       (2)         -          (2)       (2)         -          (2)       (2)         -
  Plant or machine repair/
    maintenance ...................       3       (2)       (2)          265       (2)       (2)          447       (2)       (2)
  Product line discontinued .......     (2)         4       (2)          (2)       860       (2)          (2)       869       (2)

Disaster/safety ...................       4        36         3          676     6,181       600          715     7,897       359
  Hazardous work environment ......     (2)       (2)       (2)          (2)       (2)       (2)          (2)       (2)       (2)
  Natural disaster (not weather 
    related) ......................       -         -         -            -         -         -            -         -         -
  Non-natural disaster ............       -       (2)         -            -       (2)         -            -       (2)         -
  Extreme weather-related event ...     (2)        32       (2)          (2)     5,555       (2)          (2)     7,486       (2)

Seasonal ..........................     325       851       253       54,324   150,186    42,388       60,130   145,243    31,670
  Seasonal ........................     (2)       823       246          (2)   145,306    41,461          (2)   140,394    30,895
  Vacation period-school related 
    or otherwise ..................     (2)        28         7          (2)     4,880       927          (2)     4,849       775

Other/miscellaneous ...............     240       326       177       44,418    63,109    25,660       43,555    62,602    23,954
  Other ...........................      24        20        14        4,905     2,815     3,447        4,564     2,329     1,777
  Data not provided: refusal ......      70        83        51       13,369    19,679     7,945       13,369    19,679     7,945
  Data not provided: does not 
    know ..........................     146       223       112       26,144    40,615    14,268       25,622    40,594    14,232

                                                                                                                                
   1 See footnote 1, table 1.
   2 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
   r = revised.
   p = preliminary.
   NOTE: Dash represents zero.



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