Table 1. Selected business functions involved in nonseasonal extended mass layoff events, selected quarters, 2009 and 2010

(Number of reports)

Selected business functions by business process (1) Total Main Secondary

IV
2009(r)

III
2010(r)

IV
2010(p)

IV
2009(r)

III
2010(r)

IV
2010(p)

IV
2009(r)

III
2010(r)

IV
2010(p)

Total (2)

2,888 1,687 1,841 1,077 688 834 1,811 999 1,007

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities

375 205 327 353 189 307 22 16 20

Producing goods

320 155 159 296 136 137 24 19 22

Providing services

67 70 86 34 46 49 33 24 37

Accounting services

64 32 24 4 - 3 60 32 21

Contracted services

105 68 100 71 40 67 34 28 33

Engineering services

54 18 29 13 3 7 41 15 22

Entertainment services

16 37 32 14 32 26 2 5 6

Facility maintenance services

94 41 39 7 7 11 87 34 28

Financial management

13 15 12 1 - 4 12 15 8

Financial services

24 16 19 12 12 11 12 4 8

Food and cafeteria services

35 29 43 11 16 26 24 13 17

Gaming services

(3) 6 15 (3) 5 14 (3) 1 1

Health care services

20 28 25 15 24 22 5 4 3

Housekeeping services

22 8 14 5 - 1 17 8 13

Lodging services

19 9 9 9 6 6 10 3 3

Maintaining and repairing products

31 17 22 9 4 4 22 13 18

Security services

17 8 10 9 4 4 8 4 6

Assembling products

65 39 42 17 11 6 48 28 36

Fabricating

56 25 33 36 11 23 20 14 10

Quality assurance/quality control

73 41 44 - - 1 73 41 43

Supervision--first line or direct

126 70 67 - - - 126 70 67

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying

18 11 9 1 2 - 17 9 9

Distribution

46 34 32 9 5 4 37 29 28

Packing

27 23 19 3 5 2 24 18 17

Receiving

30 17 19 1 - 1 29 17 18

Shipping

79 36 31 6 3 2 73 33 29

Transporting

62 41 28 21 13 11 41 28 17

Warehousing

71 38 41 15 5 10 56 33 31

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support

276 123 116 16 16 18 260 107 98

General management

151 86 81 4 8 1 147 78 80

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting

98 51 54 - 2 4 98 49 50

Payroll and compensation

28 22 19 - 2 1 28 20 18

Training

8 8 6 2 5 1 6 3 5

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising

9 7 5 2 - - 7 7 5

Billing

17 11 7 - - - 17 11 7

Marketing

27 19 10 - 2 1 27 17 9

Order processing

32 17 24 2 - 1 30 17 23

Selling

70 33 37 31 16 20 39 17 17

Telemarketing

4 3 6 3 1 2 1 2 4

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities

30 23 8 19 16 3 11 7 5

Customer service

81 57 49 9 15 4 72 42 45

Installing products

18 9 13 3 - - 15 9 13

Technical support

29 11 16 3 - - 26 11 16

Technology and process development

Computer systems development

11 7 3 2 5 1 9 2 2

Computer systems maintenance

10 6 8 - - 1 10 6 7

Data processing

10 9 7 - 2 1 10 7 6

Internet web services

3 3 2 1 - - 2 3 2

Software development and testing

7 4 8 4 - 2 3 4 6

Software and IT services

29 18 12 2 3 1 27 15 11

Other business functions

11 23 20 2 16 13 9 7 7

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported

94 52 36 65 30 19 29 22 17

Refusal (4)

8 - 1 8 - 1 - - -

Does not know (5)

17 3 5 17 3 5 - - -

Footnotes:
(1) Business functions reported in this table were the most frequently cited functions in 2007. Functions are grouped by business process without regard to the industry of the establishment. Therefore, the process "operations" does not appear.
(2) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(3) Data collection for this business function began with first quarter 2010 data.
(4) Excludes events in which the employer refused to participate in any part of the employer interview.
(5) Excludes events in which contact with the employer was not possible.
(r) = revised.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: February 23, 2011