Table 2. Business processes involved in extended mass layoff events, by reason for layoff, third quarters 2010 and 2011 (1)
Reason Extended mass layoff events Total business process Core processes Support processes
Strat. Mgmt. Procurement, logistics, distribution Ops. Product development Marketing, sales, account management Customer and after-sales service General managment and firm infra-structure Human resource management Technology and process development
Third quarter 2011(p)

Total business process

1,226 1,547 7 95 999 70 43 70 159 84 20

Business demand

573 746 4 34 545 36 16 22 53 26 10

Contract cancellation

34 66 1 7 30 3 2 3 12 5 3

Contract
completion

378 422 - 5 367 12 3 6 11 15 3

Domestic competition

(2) 3 - - 2 - - - 1 - -

Excess inventory/
saturated market

(2) 7 - 1 4 - - 1 1 - -

Import
competition

- - - - - - - - - - -

Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown

155 248 3 21 142 21 11 12 28 6 4

Organizational changes

65 122 1 6 58 5 4 7 33 4 4

Business-
ownership
change

18 28 1 1 14 3 - 1 8 - -

Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company

47 94 - 5 44 2 4 6 25 4 4

Financial issues

87 209 2 26 80 14 10 17 41 14 5

Bankruptcy

16 32 - 5 13 1 - 5 6 2 -

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability

41 112 1 14 38 9 9 7 22 8 4

Financial difficulty

30 65 1 7 29 4 1 5 13 4 1

Production
specific

17 26 - 2 16 1 2 1 4 - -

Disaster/Safety

8 17 - 1 8 1 3 - 4 - -

Seasonal

282 391 - 24 271 13 6 20 19 38 -

Other/
Miscellaneous

194 36 - 2 21 - 2 3 5 2 1
Third quarter 2010

Total business process

1,370 1,564 11 109 986 48 52 112 180 46 20

Business demand

487 665 5 41 442 24 15 45 62 23 8

Contract cancellation

32 47 - 3 31 2 - 1 8 2 -

Contract
completion

241 286 1 10 222 5 5 19 13 7 4

Domestic competition

- - - - - - - - - - -

Excess inventory/
saturated market

(2) 4 - - 3 - - - 1 - -

Import
competition

(2) 5 - 2 2 1 - - - - -

Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown

209 323 4 26 184 16 10 25 40 14 4

Organizational changes

83 172 3 15 65 10 9 17 38 9 6

Business-
ownership
change

17 39 1 4 13 2 3 3 9 3 1

Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company

66 133 2 11 52 8 6 14 29 6 5

Financial issues

110 231 3 24 97 5 17 22 46 11 6

Bankruptcy

14 32 2 4 12 1 1 3 6 2 1

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability

63 143 1 15 56 3 13 13 30 7 5

Financial difficulty

33 56 - 5 29 1 3 6 10 2 -

Production
specific

(2) 32 - 4 14 3 2 3 4 2 -

Disaster/Safety

(2) 1 - - 1 - - - - - -

Seasonal

372 437 - 25 355 6 8 17 25 1 -

Other/
Miscellaneous

300 26 - - 12 - 1 8 5 - -

Footnotes:
(1) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(2) Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
(p) = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: November 15, 2011