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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2008 (Continued)


  First Quarter 2008
  Second Quarter 2008
  Third Quarter 2008
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Third Quarter 2008

In the third quarter (July-September) of 2008, California employers reported 446 mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 64,080 workers from their jobs that lasted at least 31 days.  This is an increase of 152 mass layoff events and 29,156 separations compared to the third quarter of 2007.  The most notable job losses were in Construction, Manufacturing, and Finance and insurance services.

Extended mass layoffs that involve the movement of work within the same company or to a different company, whether domestic or outside of the United States, occurred in 3 percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 2,259 worker separations.  Although this is the same percentage as the movement of work in the third quarter of 2007, the layoffs resulted in an increase of 969 more separations.

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 22 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers.  This recall rate is higher than the previous year's rate of 19 percent.


  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in 12 percent of all events, and affected 9,125 workers.  This is a sharp increase from the 3 percent reported in the third quarter of 2007 that resulted in 3,378 separations.
The most common reasons given for the verified layoffs are as follows:

  • 22 percent of employers reported layoffs due to "slack work/ insufficient demand/ non-seasonal business slow down," which resulted in 8,184 separations.


  • 21 percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "completed contracts," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 9,700 separations.


  • 17 percent of the employers reported "does not know," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 9,967 separations.


  • 12 percent of employers reported layoffs due to internal company Restructuring, which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization", that resulted in 13,830 separations.


  • 6 percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "seasonal," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 4,259 separations.
The California Employment Development Department's Labor Market Information Division operates the Mass Layoff Statistics Program through a cooperative agreement with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. You can access MLS data on our Web site.


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