One has to wonder just how much The State can cut before there’s nothing left?
On Monday, the Columbia, SC, paper announced it was chopping six positions and requiring most of its remaining employees to take a week of unpaid leave sometime this year.
The past year has not been an easy one for the paper, which is owned by McClatchy Co. In March, it announced its second round of layoffs in less than year, cutting 11 percent of its workforce – 38 positions – and implementing wage reduction of between 2.5 percent and 10 percent for the rest of its employees.
The State has struggled with severe drops in advertising sales, according to the publication, but its circulation has been dropping as well.
Daily circulation at The State recently fell below 100,000, possibly for the first time since the 1960s, according to information released by the Audit Bureau of Circulations.