Table 1. Selected business functions involved in nonseasonal extended mass layoff events, selected quarters, 2009 and 2010(Number of reports)
Selected business functions by business process (1) Total Main Secondary
I
2009(r)
IV
2009(r)
I
2010(p)
I
2009(r)
IV
2009(r)
I
2010(p)
I
2009(r)
IV
2009(r)
I
2010(p)
Total (2)
7,701 2,892 2,266 2,575 1,079 860 5,126 1,813 1,406

Producing goods/providing services

                 
Construction activities
443 375 266 413 353 253 30 22 13
Producing goods
1,020 320 233 941 296 220 79 24 13
Providing services
130 67 61 75 34 32 55 33 29
Accounting services
171 64 42 10 4 2 161 60 40
Contracted services
131 106 68 106 72 37 25 34 31
Engineering services
162 54 45 41 13 11 121 41 34
Entertainment services
38 16 17 27 14 16 11 2 1
Facility maintenance services
218 95 71 8 8 7 210 87 64
Financial management
57 13 14 4 1 1 53 12 13
Financial services
75 24 14 48 12 7 27 12 7
Food and cafeteria services
67 35 32 20 11 15 47 24 17
Gaming services
(3) (3) 5 (3) (3) 4 (3) (3) 1
Health care services
24 20 18 20 15 16 4 5 2
Housekeeping services
47 22 16 9 5 1 38 17 15
Lodging services
41 19 12 24 9 9 17 10 3
Maintaining and repairing products
49 31 12 14 9 3 35 22 9
Security services
10 17 12 1 9 5 9 8 7
Assembling products
246 65 36 98 17 11 148 48 25
Fabricating
246 56 44 187 36 30 59 20 14
Quality assurance/quality control
192 73 54 2 - - 190 73 54
Supervision--first line or direct
328 127 111 1 - - 327 127 111

Procurement, logistics, distribution

                 
Buying
90 18 8 1 1 - 89 17 8
Distribution
134 46 40 25 9 7 109 37 33
Packing
100 27 41 6 3 1 94 24 40
Receiving
170 30 45 - 1 - 170 29 45
Shipping
248 79 64 20 6 6 228 73 58
Transporting
162 62 51 41 21 21 121 41 30
Warehousing
206 71 58 27 15 7 179 56 51

General management and firm infrastructure

                 
Administrative and clerical support
886 277 171 41 16 18 845 261 153
General management
423 151 126 25 4 9 398 147 117

Human resource management

                 
Human resources, including recruiting
248 98 79 2 - 1 246 98 78
Payroll and compensation
75 28 29 2 - - 73 28 29
Training
17 8 15 2 2 1 15 6 14

Marketing, sales, customer accounts

                 
Advertising
40 9 15 12 2 3 28 7 12
Billing
68 17 16 - - - 68 17 16
Marketing
110 27 19 5 - 3 105 27 16
Order processing
105 32 37 4 2 2 101 30 35
Selling
343 70 73 217 31 51 126 39 22
Telemarketing
6 4 9 2 3 5 4 1 4

Customer and after-sales service

                 
Call center activities
41 30 21 23 19 11 18 11 10
Customer service
212 81 71 29 9 11 183 72 60
Installing products
17 18 12 2 3 1 15 15 11
Technical support
58 29 20 1 3 1 57 26 19

Technology and process development

                 
Computer systems development
12 11 6 4 2 2 8 9 4
Computer systems maintenance
19 10 9 2 - 3 17 10 6
Data processing
26 10 10 2 - 2 24 10 8
Internet web services
6 3 2 2 1 1 4 2 1
Software development and testing
26 7 5 10 4 2 16 3 3
Software and IT services
90 29 17 7 2 5 83 27 12

Other business functions

68 11 14 12 2 6 56 9 8

Other

                 
Events with nonstandard functions reported
361 94 58 237 65 43 124 29 15
Refusal (4)
13 8 - 13 8 - - - -
Does not know (5)
60 17 7 60 17 7 - - -

(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) Data collection for this business function began with first quarter 2010 data.
(4) Excludes events in which the employer refused to participate in any part of the employer interview.
(5) Excludes events in which contact with the employer was not possible.
r = revised.
p = preliminary.

NOTE: Dash represents zero.

 

Last Modified Date: May 21, 2010