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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2012 (Continued)


  First Quarter 2012
  Second Quarter 2012
  Third Quarter 2012
  Fourth Quarter 2012
Third Quarter 2012

In the third quarter (July-September) of 2012, California employers reported 281 extended mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 53,552 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. During the third quarter of 2012, California employers reported 183 fewer mass layoff actions than in the third quarter of 2011 (464) and 23,756 fewer separations (77,308). During the most recent reporting period, California's 281 mass layoff events represented 32 percent of the nation's 885 reported layoff events and the 53,552 separations represented 39 percent of the nation's 138,484 reported separations.


Data Source: EDD, Labor Market Information Division, Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) Program

The industries experiencing the greatest job losses were:

  • The administrative and support services industry*, with 72 extended mass layoff events resulting in 13,408 separations;

  • The information industry, with 24 extended mass layoff events resulting in 10,825 separations;

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

  • The retail trade industry, with 20 extended mass layoff events resulting in 5,396 separations;

  • The manufacturing industry, with 27 extended mass layoff events resulting in 4,321 separations;

  • The construction industry, with 36 extended mass layoff events resulting in 4,036 separations; and

  • The professional and technical services industry, with 27 extended mass layoff events resulting in 3,839 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 442 worker separations, during the current report period. Year-over, California employers took the same percent as the events in the third quarter of 2011 (1 percent), while accounting for 207 more separations (235).

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 42 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers. This recall rate is eight percentage points less than the 50 percent rate reported for the third quarter of 2011.
  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in six percent of all events and affected 3,667 workers. This worksite closure rate is the same percent as the rate for the third quarter of 2011 (6 percent) and had 2,819 fewer separations (6,486).

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

  • Thirty-seven percent of the employers reported "contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 22,072 separations.

  • Seven percent of the employers reported "seasonal" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 3,975 separations.

  • Six percent of employers reported “internal company restructuring” which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization." These restructurings resulted in 2,639 separations.

  • Six percent of employers reported "vacation" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 1,863 separations.

  • Five percent of the employers reported "refused" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 3,424 separations.

  • Four percent of employers reported "reorganization or restructuring of company" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 1,124 separations.

  • One percent of the employers reported "other" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 1,306 separations.

  • Employers did not provide a reason for ten percent of the layoffs, which resulted in a total of 5,676 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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