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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2012 (Continued)


  First Quarter 2012
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Second Quarter 2012

The Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) Program operates through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to identify and describe the impact of major permanent job cutbacks. The MLS program collects reports on mass layoff actions that result in workers being separated from their jobs.

Mass Layoff Events
Mass Layoff Event data are from establishments which have at least 35 initial claims for unemployment insurance (UI) filed against them during a 5-week period. Extended Mass Layoff data are from a subset of such establishments—where private sector nonfarm employers indicate that 50 or more workers were separated from their jobs for at least 31 days.

In the second quarter (April-June) of 2012, California employers reported 311 extended mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 54,963 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. During the second quarter of 2012, California employers reported 15 fewer mass layoff actions than in the second quarter of 2011 (326) and 7,281 more separations (47,682). During the most recent reporting period, California's 311 mass layoff events represented 21 percent of the nation's 1,476 reported layoff events and the 54,963 separations represented 21 percent of the nation's 262,848 reported separations.



The industries experiencing the greatest job losses were:

  • The administrative and support services industry*, with 72 extended mass layoff events resulting in 13,556 separations;

  • The information industry, with 24 extended mass layoff events resulting in 8,237 separations;

  • The construction industry, with 63 extended mass layoff events resulting in 5,910 separations;

  • The retail trade industry, with 18 extended mass layoff events resulting in 5,778 separations;

  • The manufacturing industry, with 24 extended mass layoff events resulting in 3,502 separations; and

  • The arts, entertainment and recreation industry, with 22 extended mass layoff events resulting in 3,184 separations.


Technical Note
* Beginning with first quarter 2012 data, employers in California identified as having mass layoff events from the administrative and support services (NAICS 561) industry subsector are randomly selected to participate in the employer interview. Sampling weights are applied to data collected from these employer interviews, which represent responses for those employers not selected for employer contact. These data are subject to sampling errors which can result from the variation that occurs by chance because a sample is surveyed rather than the entire universe of NAICS 561 employers in California identified as having layoff events.




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 one percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 175 worker separations, during the current report period. Year-over, California employers took the same percent as the events in the second quarter of 2011 (1 percent), while accounting for 994 fewer separations (1,169).

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 49 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers. This recall rate is eight percentage points less than the 57 percent rate reported for the second quarter of 2011.
  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in seven percent of all events and affected 4,282 workers. This worksite closure rate is the same percent as the rate for the second quarter of 2011 (7 percent) and had 94 fewer separations (4,376).

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

  • Thirty-six percent of the employers reported "contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 17,961 separations.

  • Twelve percent of the employers reported "seasonal" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 6,572 separations.

  • Eight percent of the employers reported "refused" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 4,754 separations.

  • Seven percent of employers reported “internal company restructuring” which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization." These restructurings resulted in 4,393 separations.

  • Five percent of employers reported "reorganization or restructuring of company" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 2,674 separations.

  • Four percent of employers reported "vacation" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 3,220 separations.

  • Employers did not provide a reason for seven percent of the layoffs, which resulted in a total of 4,607 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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