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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2008 (Continued)


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

In the fourth quarter (October-December) of 2008, California employers reported 734 mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 109,183 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days.  This is an increase of 311 mass layoff events and 47,891 separations compared to the fourth quarter of 2007.  The most notable job losses were in Manufacturing, Construction, and Retail trade.

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 2 percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 2,069 worker separations.  Although this is the same percentage as the movement of work in the fourth quarter of 2007, the layoffs resulted in an increase of 1,404 more separations.

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 24 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers.  This recall rate is higher than the previous year's rate of 22 percent.


  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in 2 percent of all events, and affected 13,564 workers.  Although this is a decrease from the 6 percent reported in the fourth quarter of 2007, the layoffs resulted in an increase of 9,101 separations.
The most common reasons given for the verified layoffs are as follows:

  • 22 percent of the employers reported "does not know," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 23,870 separations.


  • 20 percent of employers reported layoffs due to internal company restructuring, which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization", that resulted in 21,937 separations.


  • 19 percent of employers reported layoffs due to "slack work/ insufficient demand/ non-seasonal business slow down," which resulted in 21,139 separations.


  • 14 percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "seasonal," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 15,395 separations.


  • 14 percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "financial difficulty," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 14,826 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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