Posted December 11, 2017 05:16:37 Long Island newspapers, which have long struggled with understaffing and reduced advertising revenue, are now seeing their staff numbers reach 15% of the entire workforce, according to a new report.
More than 7,000 Long Island newsroom workers have applied for unemployment benefits since April and are currently waiting to be paid, the New York Times reported.
The New York Post, the Times and the Sun also reported on the issue.
A spokesman for the state Department of Labor said that since April, there have been a total of 1,087 applicants for unemployment benefit, of which about 1,100 have been approved, the newspaper reported.
According to the Times, the agency has approved 724 of those applications, of whom 1,069 have been paid and the remaining 3,000 are awaiting their payments.
The Times reported that the agency’s statistics for those who have applied since April are not available.
“We are continuing to review our application process to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our employees, including finding ways to increase the number of positions in our newsrooms,” said Jason Fenton, a spokesman for New York’s Department of Workforce Development.
The number of jobs available to Long Island reporters has been declining over the last few years.
In October, the Long Island Times reported a drop of more than 50,000 jobs in the industry.
In 2016, the paper reported that fewer than 100 journalists were employed at the Long Islanders flagship newspaper, which was down from more than 5,000 before the recession hit.
Newspaper owners have also struggled to keep up with the growing demand for local news.
The Long Island News and Record’s parent company, the The New York Sun, is owned by a group of hedge fund managers.
The Sun has been hit by financial problems, including a loss in 2015 and 2016.
The paper’s financial difficulties have also led to layoffs.
The newspaper was forced to sell its assets, including its flagship newspaper in New York City, in 2016.