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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2011 (Continued)


  First Quarter 2011
  Second Quarter 2011
  Third Quarter 2011
  Fourth Quarter
Second Quarter 2011

In the second quarter (April-June) of 2011, California employers reported 326 extended mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 47,682 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. During the second quarter of 2011, California employers reported 196 less mass layoff actions than in the second quarter of 2010 (522) and 54,403 less separations (102,085). During the most recent reporting period, California's 326 mass layoff events represented 20 percent of the nation's 1,624 reported layoff events and the 47,682 separations represented 18 percent of the nation's 265,147 reported separations. The industries experiencing the greatest job losses were:

  • The manufacturing industry, with 44 extended mass layoff events resulting in 7,485 separations;


  • The information industry, with 24 extended mass layoff events resulting in 5,962 separations;


  • The administrative and waste services industry, with 33 extended mass layoff events resulting in 5,371 separations;


  • The construction industry, with 61 extended mass layoff events resulting in 4,838 separations; and,


  • The accommodation and food service industry, with 19 extended mass layoff events resulting in 4,264 separations.

Extended mass layoff events 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 two percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 1,169 worker separations. During the current report period, movement of work actions reported by California employers were one percentage point higher than actions reported in the second quarter of 2010 (one percent) and 898 more separations (271).

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 57 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers. This recall rate is 6 percentage points higher than the 51 percent rate reported for the second quarter of 2010.


  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in seven percent of all events and affected 4,376 workers. This worksite closure rate is lower than the rate for the second quarter of 2010 (10 percent) and had 9,856 fewer separations (14,232).

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

  • Twenty-seven percent of the employers reported "contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 11,804 separations.


  • Seventeen percent of the employers reported "seasonal" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 9,141 separations.


  • Ten percent of the employers reported "vacation" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 4,157 separations.


  • Nine percent of employers reported "slack work/ insufficient demand/ non-seasonal business slow down" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 2,118 separations.


  • Five percent of the employers reported "reorganization or restructuring" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 2,136 separations.


  • One percent of employers reported “internal company restructuring,” which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization." These restructurings resulted in 3,650 separations.


  • Employers did not provide a reason for 14 percent of the layoffs, which resulted in a total of 6,282 separations.

The California Employment Development Department's (EDD) Labor Market Information Division (LMID) 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. State data may not match BLS published data due to the dynamic nature of State MLS databases.



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