More Than 10% of Workers Lost or Changed Jobs in First Quarter 2001

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from Lee Hecht Harrison

    WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1 in 10 working
 Americans were laid off or changed jobs in the first three months of 2001,
 according to a telephone survey commissioned by global outplacement and career
 services firm Lee Hecht Harrison.
 
        Employment Status At End of First Quarter Compared to Beginning*
 
     Work for the same employer in the same job
      (including self-employed individuals)                           88.7%
     Work for the same employer in a different job                     4.0%
     Left employer voluntarily for a new job                           4.6%
     Were laid off but have already found a new job                    1.4%
     Were laid off and are still looking for a new job                 1.4%
 
     * Among U.S. active workforce
 
     The "Lee Hecht Harrison Career Mobility Index" shows that 88.7% of
 Americans 18 or older who were employed at the start of the year -- including
 9.5% who were self-employed -- still worked for the same employer in the same
 job at the end of the first quarter.  Among the remainder, 4.0% of respondents
 worked for the same employer in a new position, 4.6% left their employer
 voluntarily for a new job, and 2.8% were laid off.  Of those terminated, half
 have already found a new job and half are still looking.
     Lee Hecht Harrison Executive Vice President Bernadette Kenny noted that
 the findings reflect a new cautiousness that has set in with the economic
 downturn.  "We certainly don't see the extensive job hopping that was so
 talked about during the boom times.  With the economy faltering and widespread
 layoff announcements, people don't feel as safe taking a career risk.  I
 suspect that many of those who did leave positions voluntarily did so because
 the handwriting was on the wall in terms of closures and layoffs."
     Kenny noted that women were slightly more likely to work for the same
 employer in the same job than men while more than twice as many men as women
 worked for the same employer in a new position.  Moreover, many more men (13%)
 than women (5.4%) describe themselves as self-employed.
 
        Employment Status At End of First Quarter Compared to Beginning*
 
                                                            Men        Women
     Work for the same employer in the same job
      (including self-employed individuals)                86.6%       90.6%
     Work for the same employer in a different job          5.4%        2.3%
     Left employer voluntarily for a new job                4.0%        5.4%
     Were laid off but have already found a new job         1.9%        1.0%
     Were laid off and are still looking for a new job      2.1%        0.7%
 
     * Among U.S. active workforceThe EXCEL National Telephone Omnibus Survey
       of 1004 adult Americans was conducted from April 6-10, 2001.
 
     Lee Hecht Harrison, which is a subsidiary of Adecco, the world's largest
 staffing company, was established in 1974 and has offices worldwide.  The firm
 provides a full range of career services including executive and group
 outplacement, large project work, executive coaching, career development
 programs and workforce consulting services.  For more information about the
 firm and its recent research on HR topics, please visit Lee Hecht Harrison's
 web site at http://www.lhh.com.
 
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    WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1 in 10 working
 Americans were laid off or changed jobs in the first three months of 2001,
 according to a telephone survey commissioned by global outplacement and career
 services firm Lee Hecht Harrison.
 
        Employment Status At End of First Quarter Compared to Beginning*
 
     Work for the same employer in the same job
      (including self-employed individuals)                           88.7%
     Work for the same employer in a different job                     4.0%
     Left employer voluntarily for a new job                           4.6%
     Were laid off but have already found a new job                    1.4%
     Were laid off and are still looking for a new job                 1.4%
 
     * Among U.S. active workforce
 
     The "Lee Hecht Harrison Career Mobility Index" shows that 88.7% of
 Americans 18 or older who were employed at the start of the year -- including
 9.5% who were self-employed -- still worked for the same employer in the same
 job at the end of the first quarter.  Among the remainder, 4.0% of respondents
 worked for the same employer in a new position, 4.6% left their employer
 voluntarily for a new job, and 2.8% were laid off.  Of those terminated, half
 have already found a new job and half are still looking.
     Lee Hecht Harrison Executive Vice President Bernadette Kenny noted that
 the findings reflect a new cautiousness that has set in with the economic
 downturn.  "We certainly don't see the extensive job hopping that was so
 talked about during the boom times.  With the economy faltering and widespread
 layoff announcements, people don't feel as safe taking a career risk.  I
 suspect that many of those who did leave positions voluntarily did so because
 the handwriting was on the wall in terms of closures and layoffs."
     Kenny noted that women were slightly more likely to work for the same
 employer in the same job than men while more than twice as many men as women
 worked for the same employer in a new position.  Moreover, many more men (13%)
 than women (5.4%) describe themselves as self-employed.
 
        Employment Status At End of First Quarter Compared to Beginning*
 
                                                            Men        Women
     Work for the same employer in the same job
      (including self-employed individuals)                86.6%       90.6%
     Work for the same employer in a different job          5.4%        2.3%
     Left employer voluntarily for a new job                4.0%        5.4%
     Were laid off but have already found a new job         1.9%        1.0%
     Were laid off and are still looking for a new job      2.1%        0.7%
 
     * Among U.S. active workforceThe EXCEL National Telephone Omnibus Survey
       of 1004 adult Americans was conducted from April 6-10, 2001.
 
     Lee Hecht Harrison, which is a subsidiary of Adecco, the world's largest
 staffing company, was established in 1974 and has offices worldwide.  The firm
 provides a full range of career services including executive and group
 outplacement, large project work, executive coaching, career development
 programs and workforce consulting services.  For more information about the
 firm and its recent research on HR topics, please visit Lee Hecht Harrison's
 web site at http://www.lhh.com.
 
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