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It’s only August, but 2019 has already been a rough year because of layoffs in the news industry. In more Do-you-have-a-plan-B?-news, a new study from Pew Research shows that in 2018, slightly fewer papers had layoffs than in the year before, but a higher number had multiple rounds.
Pew’s report, which published Thursday, used “publicly reported instances of layoffs.” Researchers looked at 97 newspapers with Sunday circulation of 50,000 or more.
Some of the findings:
Overall layoffs dropped slightly: In 2017, 32% of newspapers went through layoffs. In 2018, that number was 27%.
But the number of papers that had multiple rounds nearly doubled: In 2017, 17% of newspapers had multiple rounds of layoffs. In 2018, that number was 31%.
Also, when papers had layoffs, they laid off more people: In 2017, 42% laid off more than 10 people. In 2018, 62% laid off more than 10 people.
Mid-market newspapers, the report found, with Sunday circulation between 100,000 and 249,999, had more layoffs than smaller and bigger papers.
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The report also found that layoffs at large digital news outlets continued from 2017 to 2018, but the rate slowed from 20% in 2017 to 14% in 2018.
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