Listen: Devastating Job Losses
Devastating Job Losses Plague Film and TV Industry as Strikes Persist, New Labor Report Reveals
The entertainment sector lost 45,000 jobs since labor strikes commenced, with 7,000 jobs disappearing in September alone after shedding 17,000 jobs in August.
As negotiations progress and strikes subside, industry experts wonder if the sector will bounce back.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently published its September jobs report, which painted a mixed picture. While the nation added an impressive 336,000 jobs, the strike’s impact remained evident in the film and TV industry.
The report highlighted that the sector took another blow in September, losing an additional 7,000 jobs on top of the 17,000 losses reported in August.
Employment in this sector has plummeted by a staggering 45,000 since May due to labor disputes.
The Writers Guild of America initiated their strike on May 2, with SAG-AFTRA joining forces on July 14.
In essence, the entertainment industry has shed nearly as many jobs as the capacity of Dodger Stadium. In contrast, the publishing sector enjoyed a boost of over 6,000 jobs last month, while the telecommunications sector remained stagnant.
Though there is hope as the Writers Guild of America strike has ended and productions slowly resume work (the broadcast late-night shows have already returned), the lingering question is whether the summer’s industry turmoil will result in permanent job losses or if production will swiftly recover once the SAG-AFTRA strike concludes.