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Extended Mass Layoff Actions in California - 2011


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

In the first quarter (January-March) of 2011, California employers reported 394 extended mass layoff events that resulted in the separation of 58,562 workers from their jobs for at least 31 days. Year-over, California employers took 134 fewer mass layoff actions than in the first quarter of 2010 (528) and 35,211 fewer separations (93,773). California's total number of 394 mass layoff events was 28 percent of the nation's 1,393 reported layoff events and the 58,562 separations were 31 percent of the nation's 190,389 reported separations. The most notable job losses were:

  • The administrative and waste services industry with 34 extended mass layoff events resulting in 12,264 separations;


  • The construction industry with 105 extended mass layoff events resulting in 9,164 separations;


  • The manufacturing industry with 52 extended mass layoff events resulting in 8,166 separations;


  • The information industry with 22 extended mass layoff events resulting in 7,127 separations; and


  • The retail trade industry with 33 extended mass layoff events resulting in 5,642 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 one percent of the non-seasonal layoff events, which resulted in 1,533 worker separations. Year-over, California employers took one percentage point fewer movement of work actions than in first quarter of 2010 (two percent) and 560 fewer separations (2,093).

Other significant trends include:

  • Of the employers who anticipated recalling workers, 50 percent expected to extend the offer to all affected workers. This recall rate is 19 percentage points higher than the 31 percent rate for the first quarter of 2010.


  • Permanent worksite closures occurred in nine percent of all events and affected 12,939 workers. This worksite closure rate is the same as the rate for the first quarter of 2010 but had 2,959 higher separations (9,980).

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

  • Twenty-six percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "contract completion" as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 15,353 separations.


  • Twenty percent of employers reported layoffs due to internal company restructuring, which includes "bankruptcy", "business ownership change", "financial difficulty", and/or "reorganization". These restructurings resulted in 11,711 separations.


  • Fourteen percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "financial difficulty", as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 8,426 separations.


  • Fourteen percent of the employers reported layoffs due to "seasonal", as the reason for layoffs that resulted in 7,940 separations.


  • Seven percent of employers reported layoffs due to "slack work/ insufficient demand/ non-seasonal business slow down", which resulted in 4,312 separations.

  • Employers did not provide a reason for 14 percent of the layoffs, a total of 7,984 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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