Table 2. Business processes involved in extended mass layoff events, by reason for layoff, second quarters 2009 and 2010 (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
Second quarter 2010 (p)                      

Total business process

1,851 2,307 12 148 1,479 49 84 137 297 71 30
Business demand
604 815 2 40 565 16 24 36 89 27 16
Contract cancellation
49 95 - 7 43 2 5 5 20 7 6
Contract
completion
262 301 - 8 253 2 6 8 16 6 2
Domestic competition
3 6 - - 3 - 1 - 2 - -
Excess inventory/
saturated market
(2) 4 - 1 2 1 - - - - -
Import
competition
(2) 3 - 1 - 1 1 - - - -
Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown
287 406 2 23 264 10 11 23 51 14 8
Organizational changes
109 219 3 15 91 7 14 24 47 11 7
Business-
ownership
change
29 63 1 4 24 1 3 6 14 4 6
Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company
80 156 2 11 67 6 11 18 33 7 1
Financial issues
112 210 5 18 91 6 14 13 45 12 6
Bankruptcy
13 29 1 1 11 - 2 3 6 4 1
Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability
58 101 3 11 44 3 8 4 22 2 4
Financial difficulty
41 80 1 6 36 3 4 6 17 6 1
Production
specific
11 24 1 2 11 - 1 - 4 4 1
Disaster/Safety
11 14 - 1 8 - 3 - 1 1 -
Seasonal
757 1,009 1 72 701 19 28 63 109 16 -
Other/
Miscellaneous
247 16 - - 12 1 - 1 2 - -
Second quarter 2009 (r)                      

Total business process

3,395 4,320 (3) 332 2,565 112 166 161 655 182 147
Business demand
1,457 2,161 (3) 149 1,392 47 55 50 313 78 77
Contract cancellation
78 133 (3) 9 74 4 3 4 26 6 7
Contract
completion
310 360 (3) 12 301 3 2 4 28 5 5
Domestic competition
- - (3) - - - - - - - -
Excess inventory/
saturated market
25 47 (3) 6 25 3 - - 7 1 5
Import
competition
8 23 (3) 5 8 1 1 - 4 2 2
Slack work/
insufficient
demand/non-seasonal business slowdown
1,036 1,598 (3) 117 984 36 49 42 248 64 58
Organizational changes
170 372 (3) 35 148 9 26 23 84 29 18
Business-
ownership
change
32 69 (3) 5 27 - 5 6 17 6 3
Reorgan-
ization
or
restructuring
of company
138 303 (3) 30 121 9 21 17 67 23 15
Financial issues
295 665 (3) 61 252 28 51 43 135 55 40
Bankruptcy
51 157 (3) 18 49 3 13 11 34 19 10
Cost control/cost cutting/
increase
profitability
169 336 (3) 31 137 22 27 18 67 15 19
Financial difficulty
75 172 (3) 12 66 3 11 14 34 21 11
Production
specific
14 43 (3) 7 14 2 3 3 7 4 3
Disaster/Safety
3 2 (3) - 2 - - - - - -
Seasonal
757 973 (3) 74 707 22 29 33 98 9 1
Other/
Miscellaneous
699 104 (3) 6 50 4 2 9 18 7 8

Footnotes:
(1) Data were reported by all states and the District of Columbia.
(2) Data do not meet BLS or state agency disclosure standards.
(3) Identification of data by this business process began with first quarter 2010 data.
(p) = preliminary.
(r) = revised.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: August 20, 2010