The Future of Print

Publications Newspapers Lost 105K Jobs Since 2001

Posted in Doom by futureofprint on February 23, 2010

The cost of progress can be painful. One reality: the number of layoffs endured by the newspaper industry over the last couple of years. The rise of the Internet began lowering the curtain on the golden age of print a decade ago, and 105,000 staffers have lost their jobs as a result.

Based on records kept by the U.S. Census Bureau and Department of Labor and tallies by various industry watchers, total employment in the newspaper publishing business has declined from 414,000 in 2001 to 309,000 at the end of 2009, a 25.4% drop over the course of eight years.

To put that in perspective, the U.S. auto industry shed about 450,000 jobs over the same period, with total employment dropping from 1.3 million to 850,000, for a 33% decline. High-tech employment lost 700,000 jobs, slipping 11% from 6.6 million to 5.9 million. In short, the newspaper business is about where many would expect, in terms of percentage losses — worse off than high-tech but a little bit better than the auto industry.

Still, publishers have made an effort to preserve their newsroom headcounts, although some ax-swinging was clearly unavoidable. From 2001-2009, newspaper newsrooms lost a total 9,700 jobs, for a 17% decline from 56,400 to 46,700. The vast majority of cuts fell on business, administrative, production and circulation employees. (It’s also worth noting that many senior newsroom staff with relatively high salaries were probably replaced with younger, lower-paid journalists at entry-level positions.)

via MediaPost Publications Newspapers Lost 105K Jobs Since 2001 02/23/2010.

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