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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2012 (Continued)


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

In the fourth quarter (October-December) of 2012, California employers reported 346 extended mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 95,240 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. During the fourth quarter of 2012, California employers reported 66 fewer mass layoff actions than in the fourth quarter of 2011 (412) and 14,621 more separations (80,619). During the most recent reporting period, California's 346 mass layoff events represented 21 percent of the nation's 1,674 reported layoff events and the 95,240 separations represented 30 percent of the nation's 319,639 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 88 extended mass layoff events resulting in 30,340 separations;

  • The information industry, with 28 extended mass layoff events resulting in 13,506 separations;

  • The manufacturing industry, with 41 extended mass layoff events resulting in 11,837 separations;

  • The construction industry, with 57 extended mass layoff events resulting in 7,318 separations;

  • The accommodation and food services industry, with 18 extended mass layoff events resulting in 6,917 separations; and

  • The retail trade industry, with 21 extended mass layoff events resulting in 6,663 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 one percentage point less than the events in the fourth quarter of 2011 (2 percent), and accounted for 1,754 fewer separations (1,929).

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 44 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers. This recall rate is seven percentage points less than the 51 percent rate reported for the fourth quarter of 2011.
  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in four percent of all events and affected 5,062 workers. This worksite closure rate is one percentage point less than the rate for the fourth quarter of 2011 (5 percent) and had 1,862 more separations (3,200).

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

  • Forty-two percent of the employers reported "contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 31,325 separations.

  • Nineteen percent of the employers reported "seasonal" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 12,691 separations.

  • Nine percent of the employers reported "refused" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 5,655 separations.

  • Eight percent of employers reported "internal company restructuring" which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization." These restructurings resulted in 15,029 separations.

  • Two percent of employers reported "business-ownership change" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 10,037 separations.

  • One percent of employers reported "bankruptcy" as the reason for layoffs which resulted in 2,479 separations.

  • Two percent of the employers reported "reorganization or restructuring of company" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 1,679 separations.

  • Employers did not provide a reason for twelve percent of the layoffs, which resulted in a total of 4,418 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 U.S. 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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