LO and Big Layoffs LO5393

Rol Fessenden (76234.3636@compuserve.com)
06 Feb 96 11:38:20 EST

Sb: LO and Big Layoffs LO5366

Joyce says, "A statistic I've seen is that we've lost 3 million jobs in
the past five years to downsizing. If that represented 10% of the
workforce of those organizations, that means that 30 million people were

I feel a lot of concern about downsizing, but the employment statistics do
not really support this. The reality is that even more than 3 million
jobs were created in the last five years, and as a result, unemployment is
now at fairly low levels. In fact, American unemployment is lower than
almost all the other developed nations, excluding only Switzerland and

The population of middle managers -- primary victims of downsizing -- is
essentiaLy unchanged over the last 10 years. Unemployment among middle
managers is very low -- around 2%. Therefore, one could argue that
downsizing has freed up middle managers for work that is more productive,
and therefore has contributed to the current economic growth patterns.

 Rol Fessenden
 LL Bean
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