Thursday, February 26, 2009

Rocky employees face tough job market

The pending closure of the Rocky Mountain News sends more than 200 newsroom employees into a job market that's anything but welcoming.

So far 15,566 journalists have lost their jobs since Sept. 15, 2008 according to Unity Journalists of Color, Inc., which has been tracking the layoffs based on public reports. This number reflects all journalists regardless of platform and race.

Add to that a backdrop of widespread job cuts in nearly every sector due to the economic recession. A report issued in January by the Economic Policy Institute showed that there were 3.8 job seekers for every job available in late 2008.

But industry experts say there's hope for those who want to remain journalists or enter the related fields of public relations and communications.

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