Thursday, February 25, 2010

105k print jobs lost since 2001 ...

From MediaPost:

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.

Oy.  So many sets of ten fingers no longer stained by ink.  Breaks my heart.