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

II
2010

I
2011(r)

II
2011(p)

II
2010

I
2011(r)

II
2011(p)

II
2010

I
2011(r)

II
2011(p)

Total (2)

1,941 2,008 1,753 864 806 694 1,077 1,202 1,059

Producing goods/providing services

Construction activities

263 243 197 252 226 188 11 17 9

Producing goods

176 177 154 162 150 122 14 27 32

Providing services

62 104 94 37 47 35 25 57 59

Accounting services

30 39 25 - 3 1 30 36 24

Contracted services

68 71 79 46 42 43 22 29 36

Engineering services

29 28 40 10 9 9 19 19 31

Entertainment services

21 33 33 18 30 30 3 3 3

Facility maintenance services

48 42 47 13 7 7 35 35 40

Financial management

14 14 12 - 2 2 14 12 10

Financial services

32 19 26 24 13 20 8 6 6

Food and cafeteria services

30 30 35 18 10 15 12 20 20

Gaming services

4 5 9 2 1 9 2 4 -

Health care services

30 24 22 25 19 18 5 5 4

Housekeeping services

13 15 9 1 1 1 12 14 8

Lodging services

11 8 3 10 7 1 1 1 2

Maintaining and repairing products

21 20 19 7 5 5 14 15 14

Security services

16 8 9 9 4 2 7 4 7

Assembling products

34 43 34 10 9 14 24 34 20

Fabricating

39 28 37 26 20 20 13 8 17

Quality assurance/quality control

36 37 36 - 1 - 36 36 36

Supervision--first line or direct

84 82 74 - - 1 84 82 73

Procurement, logistics, distribution

Buying

9 15 7 1 - - 8 15 7

Distribution

25 45 32 9 10 5 16 35 27

Packing

14 29 24 1 8 2 13 21 22

Receiving

20 24 19 - - - 20 24 19

Shipping

38 50 32 1 11 3 37 39 29

Transporting

41 31 22 18 13 6 23 18 16

Warehousing

37 51 36 13 17 12 24 34 24

General management and firm infrastructure

Administrative and clerical support

161 128 101 16 16 12 145 112 89

General management

106 117 115 6 7 4 100 110 111

Human resource management

Human resources, including recruiting

60 60 43 2 1 5 58 59 38

Payroll and compensation

24 26 21 4 5 5 20 21 16

Training

9 12 10 2 1 - 7 11 10

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

Advertising

6 7 3 1 2 - 5 5 3

Billing

13 8 8 1 - - 12 8 8

Marketing

15 25 11 1 3 1 14 22 10

Order processing

17 27 26 - 1 3 17 26 23

Selling

66 71 57 44 53 40 22 18 17

Telemarketing

10 10 3 7 5 2 3 5 1

Customer and after-sales service

Call center activities

32 24 16 21 16 10 11 8 6

Customer service

70 79 71 12 13 12 58 66 59

Installing products

6 15 12 2 1 2 4 14 10

Technical support

16 16 24 1 2 4 15 14 20

Technology and process development

Computer systems development

9 3 6 6 2 3 3 1 3

Computer systems maintenance

9 3 2 1 - - 8 3 2

Data processing

8 12 5 - 2 - 8 10 5

Internet web services

4 8 1 - 1 - 4 7 1

Software development and testing

8 2 6 3 1 1 5 1 5

Software and IT services

21 19 15 3 2 2 18 17 13

Other business functions

26 21 31 18 7 17 8 14 14

Other

Events with nonstandard functions reported

58 40 48 42 28 30 16 12 18

Refusal (3)

- 1 1 - 1 1 - - -

Does not know (4)

9 6 5 9 6 5 - - -

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: August 17, 2011