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Entertainment job losses double

JOBS in film, television and other media were relatively safe in 2010, but the same can’t be said for jobs at movie theatres and theme parks.

Last year, media employers announced that 4 889 people were laid off, a 78% improvement over the year earlier when those companies eliminated 22 346 jobs. But in the entertainment category, which includes hotel and travel along with theme parks and movie theaters, 23 390 people were let go. That’s 53% more than the 15 280 jobs lost in 2009.

 

Entertainment, in fact, was the worst-performing sector year-over-year among the 25 tracked by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, which released the data Wednesday.

Entertainment was one of just three categories to show more job losses in 2010 than in 2009. The other two were utilities and real estate.—Reuters.

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