Table 1. Selected business functions involved in nonseasonal extended mass layoff events, selected quarters, 2008 and 2009(Number of reports)
Selected business functions by business process (1) Total Main Secondary
IV
2008
III
2009(r)
IV
2009(p)
IV
2008
III
2009(r)
IV
2009(p)
IV
2008
III
2009(r)
IV
2009(p)
Total (2)
5,277 3,115 2,498 1,938 1,171 918 3,339 1,944 1,580

Producing goods/providing services

                 
Construction activities
454 320 301 428 313 280 26 7 21
Producing goods
812 374 281 762 352 259 50 22 22
Providing services
89 68 60 44 35 32 45 33 28
Accounting services
107 65 58 12 7 4 95 58 54
Contracted services
103 96 96 77 68 65 26 28 31
Engineering services
77 67 48 10 19 11 67 48 37
Entertainment services
30 17 12 27 17 11 3 - 1
Facility maintenance services
177 100 87 7 6 6 170 94 81
Financial management
23 22 11 2 2 1 21 20 10
Financial services
53 35 19 31 24 11 22 11 8
Food and cafeteria services
60 44 29 24 20 9 36 24 20
Health care services
15 29 18 14 18 14 1 11 4
Housekeeping services
19 24 19 6 4 4 13 20 15
Lodging services
46 18 18 15 10 9 31 8 9
Maintaining and repairing products
59 33 26 12 7 6 47 26 20
Security services
26 20 15 7 11 8 19 9 7
Assembling products
143 68 58 68 25 17 75 43 41
Fabricating
126 68 54 71 48 36 55 20 18
Quality assurance/quality control
116 81 67 - 1 - 116 80 67
Supervision--first line or direct
237 155 100 2 - - 235 155 100

Procurement, logistics, distribution

                 
Buying
48 18 17 1 1 1 47 17 16
Distribution
80 33 39 18 8 6 62 25 33
Packing
66 32 25 7 4 3 59 28 22
Receiving
110 54 29 2 - 1 108 54 28
Shipping
166 91 73 17 12 6 149 79 67
Transporting
109 52 52 34 22 20 75 30 32
Warehousing
141 69 61 18 12 12 123 57 49

General management and firm infrastructure

                 
Administrative support
303 190 137 18 13 12 285 177 125
Clerical support
311 143 105 7 3 1 304 140 104
General management
283 174 129 23 6 4 260 168 125

Human resource management

                 
Human resources, including recruiting
181 97 85 2 1 - 179 96 85
Payroll and compensation
70 37 23 - - - 70 37 23
Training
11 8 5 - 2 - 11 6 5

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

                 
Advertising
13 9 6 3 2 1 10 7 5
Billing
26 10 15 - - - 26 10 15
Marketing
45 24 22 4 3 - 41 21 22
Order processing
56 28 28 1 2 2 55 26 26
Selling
169 58 55 101 32 24 68 26 31
Telemarketing
4 6 4 3 4 3 1 2 1

Customer and after-sales service

                 
Call center activities
24 26 29 19 16 19 5 10 10
Customer service
123 102 74 13 10 7 110 92 67
Installing products
17 11 14 3 1 2 14 10 12
Technical support
35 25 26 - 1 2 35 24 24

Technology and process development

                 
Computer systems development
6 5 7 3 2 1 3 3 6
Computer systems maintenance
10 14 9 2 1 - 8 13 9
Data processing
12 13 9 - - - 12 13 9
Internet web services
3 3 3 1 - 1 2 3 2
Software development and testing
9 7 5 3 1 3 6 6 2
Software and IT services
48 41 25 10 7 2 38 34 23

Other business functions

26 31 10 6 18 2 20 13 8

Other

                 
Events with nonstandard functions reported
258 135 74 173 91 54 85 44 20
Refusal (3)
9 6 8 9 6 8 - - -
Does not know (4)
56 21 16 56 21 16 - - -

(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: February 25, 2010