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Q: Corporate Employment ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: Corporate Employment
Category: Business and Money > Employment
Asked by: maxwave28-ga
List Price: $75.00
Posted: 22 Nov 2006 11:00 PST
Expires: 22 Dec 2006 11:00 PST
Question ID: 784872
I believe that the volatility in large corporate payrolls has
increased over the last 30 years.  Meaning that the number of
employees in large corporations fluctuates more rapidly today than in
years past.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to find any data to
support this.  If possible I was looking for a conclusive answer to
this question and the data points to support the thesis.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 26 Nov 2006 19:41 PST

I'm pretty familiar with the types of corporate and labor statistics,
but I can't think of anything that quite hits the nail on the head for
your question.

Closest I've come are data that show the average length of time that
people have worked for their current employer has dropped over the
past few decades.

For men, the figures have declined from 5.9 years in 1983, to 4.1 years in 2006. 

For older workers, the drop is even more dramatic.

Do these numbers get you close to your notion of 'volatility'?

Let me know what you think.


Clarification of Question by maxwave28-ga on 27 Nov 2006 08:52 PST
While I appreciate the insight and it does provide tangential support
for my thesis unfortunately it does not directly prove that corporate
employment figures are subject to greater fluctuations.

I am hoping to find specific data that bears out the hypothesis that
large corporations expand and contract their payrolls more frequently
and dramatically than ever before.


Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 27 Nov 2006 20:22 PST
Fair enough.

The only option I can think of is to pull together actual employee
numbers for large companies and test your hypothesis.

The data are available, though not necessarily complete.

Here's an example for Ford:


1965 -- 336,841

1970 -- 436,414

1975 -- 464,731

1980 -- 494,579

1985 -- 383,700

1990 thru 1995 -- missing data

1996 -- 346,990

2000 -- 364,550

2005 -- 324,864

For the fee you have offered, I can probably do this for about five or
six companies, as long as you're comfortable with they type of data
I've listed above.

I can also steer you to sources of information so -- should you desire
-- you can put together a larger dataset, with more companies, or with
employee numbers for every year available, rather than every five
years, or both.

Let me know your thoughts on this.


Clarification of Question by maxwave28-ga on 28 Nov 2006 20:03 PST
I appreciate the thought but that is not exactly what I am looking
for.  I am hoping for something that says something like for American
corporations with X number or more employees the average annual
expansion(contraction) is X% for the years from 1965 through 2006.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 28 Nov 2006 20:11 PST
I understand what you're after, though I haven't seen any statistics
along those lines.

My thought was that you might want to create it yourself, from the raw
employment data for companies as I presented above.

It would be a fairly tedious undertaking, but if you need it badly
enough, it might be the only option.


Clarification of Question by maxwave28-ga on 30 Nov 2006 06:49 PST
I do not want to create a data set myself nor do I want you to create
a data set.  I would like a comprehensive or extrapolated data set for
US companies above X number of employees. I was hoping you could find
this information not create it.


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