Almost 60% of US newspaper jobs vanish in 26 years
The Guardian UK
Employment statistics show the effects of the digital age on newsprint
Statistical confirmation from the United States adds to the points
about the collapse of newspapers I made in two recent postings: “Suddenly, national newspapers are heading for that print cliff fall” and “Mass media is over”.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has issued data for media employment trends over the 26-year period from 1990 onwards. In other words, from the dawn of the internet age until now.
The stand-out figure is the one showing the steep decline in
newspaper jobs, down from nearly 458,000 in 1990 to about 183,000 in
March 2016, a fall of almost 60%.
Over the same period, employment in internet publishing and online
broadcasting rose from about 30,000 to nearly 198,000. As you can see
from the chart, internet-related work has enjoyed a noticeably rapid
rise since 2008, when the job total was 80,000.