Table 1. Selected business functions involved in nonseasonal extended mass layoff events, selected quarters, 2010 and 2011

(Number of reports)

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

III
2010

II
2011(r)

III
2011(p)

III
2010

II
2011(r)

III
2011(p)

III
2010

II
2011(r)

III
2011(p)

Total (2)

1,687 1,848 1,665 688 743 754 999 1,105 911

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities

205 207 178 189 197 169 16 10 9

Producing goods

155 163 149 136 131 124 19 32 25

Providing services

70 102 84 46 43 33 24 59 51

Accounting services

32 26 27 - 1 2 32 25 25

Contracted services

68 77 136 40 43 110 28 34 26

Engineering services

18 42 26 3 11 11 15 31 15

Entertainment services

37 34 80 32 31 78 5 3 2

Facility maintenance services

41 50 34 7 8 11 34 42 23

Financial management

15 12 13 - 2 2 15 10 11

Financial services

16 27 18 12 21 13 4 6 5

Food and cafeteria services

29 36 33 16 17 19 13 19 14

Gaming services

6 9 3 5 9 1 1 - 2

Health care services

28 25 26 24 21 24 4 4 2

Housekeeping services

8 10 9 - 1 1 8 9 8

Lodging services

9 3 4 6 1 4 3 2 -

Maintaining and repairing products

17 21 21 4 5 6 13 16 15

Security services

8 9 5 4 2 1 4 7 4

Assembling products

39 36 34 11 14 13 28 22 21

Fabricating

25 37 16 11 19 11 14 18 5

Quality assurance/quality control

41 42 36 - 1 1 41 41 35

Supervision--first line or direct

70 79 56 - 1 - 70 78 56

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying

11 7 6 2 - - 9 7 6

Distribution

34 32 44 5 5 7 29 27 37

Packing

23 25 25 5 2 4 18 23 21

Receiving

17 20 16 - - - 17 20 16

Shipping

36 33 33 3 4 1 33 29 32

Transporting

41 22 39 13 7 11 28 15 28

Warehousing

38 38 31 5 12 7 33 26 24

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support

123 107 111 16 13 11 107 94 100

General management

86 122 92 8 4 1 78 118 91

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting

51 42 42 2 5 2 49 37 40

Payroll and compensation

22 22 21 2 5 6 20 17 15

Training

8 9 5 5 1 1 3 8 4

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising

7 3 3 - - 1 7 3 2

Billing

11 9 5 - - - 11 9 5

Marketing

19 13 11 2 2 1 17 11 10

Order processing

17 27 27 - 3 3 17 24 24

Selling

33 62 33 16 42 23 17 20 10

Telemarketing

3 3 6 1 2 5 2 1 1

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities

23 18 10 16 11 4 7 7 6

Customer service

57 76 41 15 12 9 42 64 32

Installing products

9 12 3 - 2 - 9 10 3

Technical support

11 27 13 - 4 - 11 23 13

Technology and process development

Computer systems development

7 6 4 5 3 2 2 3 2

Computer systems maintenance

6 3 5 - - - 6 3 5

Data processing

9 6 8 2 - - 7 6 8

Internet web services

3 2 5 - 1 1 3 1 4

Software development and testing

4 7 3 - 2 2 4 5 1

Software and IT services

18 15 12 3 2 1 15 13 11

Other business functions

23 33 23 16 20 17 7 13 6

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported

52 52 23 30 34 17 22 18 6

Refusal (3)

- 1 1 - 1 1 - - -

Does not know (4)

3 6 4 3 6 4 - - -

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) Excludes events in which the employer refused to participate in any part of the employer interview.
(4) Excludes events in which contact with the employer was not possible.
(r) = revised.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: November 15, 2011