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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2009 (Continued)


  First Quarter 2009
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Second Quarter 2009

In the second quarter (April-June) of 2009, California employers reported 804 mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 143,313 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. This is an increase of 366 mass layoff events and 61,457 separations compared to the second quarter of 2008. California's total number of 804 mass layoff events was 27 percent of the nation's 2,994 reported layoff events and the 143,313 separations were 27 percent of the nation's 534,881 reported separations. The most notable job losses were in Manufacturing, Administrative and Waste Services, 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 3 percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 6,342 worker separations. This is an increase of 1 percent or 5,015 separations from the second quarter of 2008.

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 sharply lower than the previous year's rate of 36 percent.


  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in 7 percent of all events and affected 15,612 workers. This is an increase of 6 percent reported in the second quarter of 2008, which resulted in an increase of 14,783 separations.

The most common reasons given for the verified layoffs are as follows:

  • Sixteen percent of employers reported layoffs due to internal company restructuring, which includes "bankruptcy", "business ownership change", "financial difficulty" and/or "reorganization". These restructurings resulted in 23,258 separations.


  • Fourteen percent of employers reported layoffs due to "slack work/ insufficient demand/ non-seasonal business slow down" which resulted in 20,638 separations.
  • Nine percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "Contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 12,327 separations.


  • Eight percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "Seasonal," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 11,806 separations.


  • Employers did not provide reason for layoff for 46 percent of the layoffs, a total of 64,750 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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