Friday, January 09, 2009

Want to Quantify How Bad the Media Layoffs Are?

While some people are still living in a dreamland in which positivity is some sort of pseudo-salve, media and, and in particular, arts journalism, which so few people ever write about anyway, really is dying. Or at least hemorraging. But those are generalities, right?

Well, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, here is a story that quantifies the numbers:

Corporate America last year laid off the highest number of employees since 2003, while the media industry pink-slipped people at the highest rate since 2001.

Employers announced more than 1.22 million job cuts in 2008, up 59% from the previous year, thanks to an accelerating of cost cutting in the back half, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In 2003, more than 1.23 million had been fired. The 2008 hike was driven by the financial sector, which shed 260,110 jobs, the third-highest total for a single industry since Challenger started tracking data in 1993.

Layoffs in the media industry, which includes film and TV companies, amounted to 28,083 last year, the highest since 43,420 staffers were let go in 2001 following the bursting of the dot-com bubble.

Of course, I guess The Hollywood Reporter would know about this personally, having laid off so many people last year. You can read about that here and here.

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