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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2009


  First Quarter 2009
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First Quarter 2009

In the first quarter (January-March) of 2009, California employers reported 846 mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 126,762 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days.  This is an increase of 393 mass layoff events and 62,789 separations compared to the first quarter of 2008.  In the first quarter of 2009, California employers initiated the most mass layoff events in the 14 year history of the Mass Layoff Statistics Program. California's total number of mass layoffs was the largest in the nation with 24 percent of the nation's 3,489 reported layoff events and 23 percent of the nation's 558,909 reported separations.  The most notable job losses were in "Manufacturing," "Construction," and "Administrative and Waste Services."  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 one percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 1,125 job separations.

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 16 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers.  The percent of businesses anticipating recall of all workers is sharply lower than the previous year's rate of 30 percent.


  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in five percent of all events and affected 15,896 workers.  The layoffs resulted in 13,210 more job separations than in 2008.
The most common reasons given for the verified layoffs are as follows:

  • Twenty-one percent of employers reported layoffs due to "slack work/ insufficient demand/ non-seasonal business slow down" which resulted in 27,248 job separations.


  • Fourteen percent of employers reported layoffs due to internal company restructuring, which includes "bankruptcy," "business ownership change," "financial difficulty," and/or "reorganization" that resulted in 17,241 job separations.


  • Nine percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "cost control/cost cutting/increase profitability," as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 11,759 job separations.


  • Nine percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 11,074 job separations.


  • Forty percent of the employers did not provide the reason for layoffs that resulted in 50,324 job separations.
The California Employment Development Department's Labor Market Information Division operates the Mass Layoff Statistics Program through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  You may find out more information about the MLS Program online.


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