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'Sesame Street' Makers Lay Off 10 Percent of Workforce

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The affects of today’s economy and digital age hit the makers of the beloved television series, Sesame Street on Tuesday, as the company laid off about 10 percent of its employees.

"Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, is constantly assessing where we must invest for the future in response to today's rapidly changing digital environment," said the company in a statement obtained by Reuters. "After careful review, we have concluded that we must reduce our workforce by approximately 10 percent to strategically focus our resources."

According to, 30 employees lost their jobs, and the company's Sesame Learning program and Global Education departments will be absorbed into other parts of the company.

This is the second time in as many years that Sesame has announced it would be cutting staff, reports The Huffington Post. Deadline reports the organization laid off about a dozen workers in May 2012. The organization also cut its workforce in 2009 by more than 16 percent because the poor economy led to a drop in donations and licensing revenue for the company.

Luckily for fans of Sesame Street, the company told the New York Daily News that fans will not know the organization is suffering, as popular characters like Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and the Cookie Monster will remain on the show.

These kinds of cuts to Sesame Street show how the recession has affected nonprofits, reports The Huffington Post. In 2011, 87 percent of nonprofit organizations said they were still suffering from the decline in the U.S. economy, according to a study at the time.

However, Sesame Workshop is keeping positive about the situation and hopes its educational programming will not be negatively affected.

“We remain optimistic about our future and remain committed to our mission of helping children reach their highest potential here and around the globe,” the company said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post.

Sources: NBC News, The Huffington Post

Photo Credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images


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