Table 2. Business processes involved in extended mass layoff events, by reason for layoff, fourth 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
Fourth quarter 2011(p)

Total business process

1,638 2,022 15 112 1,399 99 66 82 173 57 19

Business demand

558 712 7 25 545 23 11 9 61 27 4

Contract cancellation

(2) 15 1 - 10 - - 1 2 - 1

Contract
completion

380 454 1 8 373 9 2 3 34 23 1

Domestic competition

- - - - - - - - - - -

Excess inventory/
saturated market

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

Import
competition

- - - - - - - - - - -

Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown

164 239 5 16 160 14 9 4 25 4 2

Organizational changes

59 133 1 10 54 4 9 11 30 8 6

Business-
ownership
change

16 32 1 3 16 1 1 1 8 1 -

Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company

43 101 - 7 38 3 8 10 22 7 6

Financial issues

62 147 2 15 57 13 10 14 27 5 4

Bankruptcy

16 43 1 5 16 2 4 5 8 2 -

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability

28 68 1 8 24 6 5 6 13 2 3

Financial difficulty

18 36 - 2 17 5 1 3 6 1 1

Production
specific

(2) 35 1 2 15 3 2 2 6 3 1

Disaster/Safety

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

Seasonal

721 955 4 59 704 54 33 40 45 13 3

Other/
Miscellaneous

219 36 - 1 21 2 1 6 4 1 -
Fourth quarter 2010

Total business process

1,999 2,392 16 172 1,619 97 85 107 226 51 19

Business demand

661 856 6 42 623 36 21 37 67 18 6

Contract cancellation

24 33 - 1 19 - 3 5 3 2 -

Contract
completion

377 447 - 16 366 11 9 12 25 7 1

Domestic competition

(2) 8 - 1 3 - 1 1 1 1 -

Excess inventory/
saturated market

- - - - - - - - - - -

Import
competition

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

Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown

255 363 6 23 233 23 8 19 38 8 5

Organizational changes

79 184 6 19 66 6 16 16 31 15 9

Business-
ownership
change

18 49 2 4 15 - 3 6 9 7 3

Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company

61 135 4 15 51 6 13 10 22 8 6

Financial issues

110 235 4 27 100 14 19 17 39 12 3

Bankruptcy

14 31 1 3 13 1 1 3 6 3 -

Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability

65 139 3 15 58 11 13 11 21 4 3

Financial difficulty

31 65 - 9 29 2 5 3 12 5 -

Production
specific

10 18 - 2 8 2 - 1 4 1 -

Disaster/Safety

5 6 - - 4 - - 1 1 - -

Seasonal

826 1,060 - 82 796 38 27 33 79 4 1

Other/
Miscellaneous

308 33 - - 22 1 2 2 5 1 -

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: March 7, 2012