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Table 2. Reason for layoff: Extended mass layoff events and separations associated with the movement of work, first quarter 2004


Table 2. Reason for layoff:  Extended mass layoff events and separations associated with
the movement of work, first quarter 2004

                                       Layoff events           Separations  
                                          
            Industry                         Associated	             Associated
                                     Total    with the	    Total     with the
                                             movement of 	     movement of   
                                                work	                 work

   Total, private nonfarm ........   1,204        108      239,361       16,021

Automation .......................   ( 1 )      ( 1 )        ( 1 )        ( 1 )
Bankruptcy .......................      28          -        8,422            -
Business ownership change ........      31          5        4,217          512
Contract cancellation ............      29      ( 1 )        4,238        ( 1 )          
Contract completed ...............     170      ( 1 )       51,795        ( 1 )          
Environment-related ..............       -          -            -            -
Financial difficulty .............      84         12       15,755        2,394
Import competition ...............      14          3        1,182          219
Labor dispute ....................       4          -       21,293            -
Material shortage ................   ( 1 )          -        ( 1 )            -
Model changeover .................   ( 1 )          -        ( 1 )            -

Natural disaster .................       -          -            -            -
Plant or machine repair ..........   ( 1 )          -        ( 1 )            -
Product line discontinued ........       8      ( 1 )        1,675        ( 1 )
Reorganization within company ....     162         59       26,982        8,736
Seasonal work ....................     332      ( 2 )       56,478        ( 2 )
Slack work .......................     146          4       16,999          291
Vacation period ..................       3      ( 2 )          427        ( 2 )
Weather-related ..................      15          -        1,382            -
Other ............................      56         21       11,004        3,410
Not reported .....................     115          -       15,656            -


    1 Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
    2 The questions on movement of work were not asked of employers when the reason for layoff
 was either seasonal work or vacation period. 
    NOTE: Dash represents zero.  All data in this table are preliminary.

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Last Modified Date: June 10, 2004
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