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

I
2010

IV
2010(r)

I
2011(p)

I
2010

IV
2010(r)

I
2011(p)

I
2010

IV
2010(r)

I
2011(p)

Total (2)

2,563 1,897 1,926 1,020 864 762 1,543 1,033 1,164

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities

305 330 237 291 310 221 14 20 16

Producing goods

263 168 172 251 145 147 12 23 25

Providing services

84 89 89 52 52 34 32 37 55

Accounting services

46 26 38 2 4 3 44 22 35

Contracted services

80 98 68 50 64 40 30 34 28

Engineering services

52 30 27 13 8 8 39 22 19

Entertainment services

17 33 32 16 27 29 1 6 3

Facility maintenance services

75 41 44 8 13 9 67 28 35

Financial management

19 12 13 3 5 2 16 7 11

Financial services

18 20 19 9 12 13 9 8 6

Food and cafeteria services

38 44 30 19 26 10 19 18 20

Gaming services

7 15 5 6 14 1 1 1 4

Health care services

22 27 24 20 24 19 2 3 5

Housekeeping services

17 14 15 2 1 1 15 13 14

Lodging services

13 9 8 10 6 7 3 3 1

Maintaining and repairing products

13 23 20 4 4 3 9 19 17

Security services

14 10 8 7 4 4 7 6 4

Assembling products

41 43 41 12 6 8 29 37 33

Fabricating

45 34 25 30 24 18 15 10 7

Quality assurance/quality control

56 45 36 - 1 1 56 44 35

Supervision--first line or direct

123 68 77 - - - 123 68 77

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying

10 9 15 - - - 10 9 15

Distribution

44 33 43 7 4 10 37 29 33

Packing

45 19 26 1 2 7 44 17 19

Receiving

51 19 24 - 1 - 51 18 24

Shipping

73 34 48 8 5 9 65 29 39

Transporting

54 27 32 23 10 15 31 17 17

Warehousing

68 43 49 11 11 16 57 32 33

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support

186 120 122 22 18 16 164 102 106

General management

145 81 110 12 1 6 133 80 104

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting

88 57 58 2 4 1 86 53 57

Payroll and compensation

32 19 26 - 1 5 32 18 21

Training

16 6 12 2 1 1 14 5 11

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising

15 6 7 3 1 2 12 5 5

Billing

16 7 8 - - - 16 7 8

Marketing

25 11 24 4 1 3 21 10 21

Order processing

38 25 27 3 1 1 35 24 26

Selling

90 41 68 64 23 50 26 18 18

Telemarketing

10 7 9 5 3 4 5 4 5

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities

22 10 21 12 4 14 10 6 7

Customer service

81 52 73 11 3 7 70 49 66

Installing products

12 13 15 1 - 1 11 13 14

Technical support

23 16 16 1 - 2 22 16 14

Technology and process development

Computer systems development

7 3 3 2 1 2 5 2 1

Computer systems maintenance

8 9 3 2 1 - 6 8 3

Data processing

10 8 11 2 2 2 8 6 9

Internet web services

3 2 8 1 - 1 2 2 7

Software development and testing

7 8 2 4 2 1 3 6 1

Software and IT services

22 13 18 6 1 2 16 12 16

Other business functions

14 20 20 6 13 6 8 7 14

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported

66 38 40 45 20 28 21 18 12

Refusal (3)

- 2 1 - 2 1 - - -

Does not know (4)

10 6 6 10 6 6 - - -

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: June 1, 2011